The Half-Life (Paperback) - Raymond, Jonathan

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When Cookie Figowitz, the cook for a party of volatile fur trappers trekking through the Oregon Territory in the 1820s, joins up with the refugee Henry Brown, the two begin a wild ride that takes them from the virgin territory of the West all the way to China and back again. One hundred and sixty years later, Tina Plank, an unhappy teenager, meets Trixie, a girl with a troubled past, and the two become fast friends. But when two skeletons are accidentally unearthed from their common ground, the lives of Tina and Trixie, Cookie and Henry are brought together in unexpected and startling ways.

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Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9781582345789
SKU 31133986
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1582345783
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Praise
"Unglamorous and sad, but compelling."
"[A]mbitious and assured....Whether chronicling the hardscrabble culture of settlers in the new territory or the discontent with sprawling overdevelopment generations later, Raymond supplies a wealth of detail about the Pacific Northwest, making plain both the rewards and sacrifices of progress."
"The book's real intimacy is saved for Raymond's portrayal of nature. Whether he's writing about cirrus clouds, silty mud, or the ever-changing ecosystem of life on a clipper ship, his descriptive largesse toward the natural world grounds the lives of his characters in complex ways....[T]he author's regard for the natural world is one of this novel's chief delights."
From the Publisher
Annotation Sometime in the 1820s, two men become friends--a man who cooks for a party of trappers and the fugitive he finds hiding out in the camp. The two band together to make money selling beaver musk to the Chinese, but their scheme goes bad and they perish in a deadly bog. A hundred and fifty years later, a pair of alienated teenage girls in a commune find the skeletons of the men and become embroiled in a dispute with local Native Americans. The two narratives, separated by time, have subtle similarities in what they have to say about friendship, hardship, and the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
Editors Note The discovery of two skeletons during the filming of a movie in the Pacific Northwest intertwines the lives of two pairs of friends, separated by generations--Cookie Figowitz, the cook for a party of fur trappers in the 1820s, and fugitive Henry Brown; and teenager Tina Plank, unhappily living in a 1980s commune, and her friend, Trixie Volterra, a young girl with a troubled past. A first novel.
Editors Note 2 When Cookie Figowitz, the cook for a party of volatile fur trappers trekking through the Oregon Territory in the 1820s, joins up with the refugee Henry Brown, the two begin a wild ride that takes them from the virgin territory of the West all the way to China and back again. One hundred and sixty years later, Tina Plank, an unhappy teenager, meets Trixie, a girl with a troubled past, and the two become fast friends. But when two skeletons are accidentally unearthed from their common ground, the lives of Tina and Trixie, Cookie and Henry are brought together in unexpected and startling ways.
Editors Note 3 When Cookie Figowitz, the cook for a party of volatile fur trappers trekking through the Oregon Territory in the 1820s, joins up with the refugee Henry Brown, the two begin a wild ride that takes them from the virgin territory of the West all the way to China and back again. One hundred and sixty years later, Tina Plank, an unhappy teenager, meets Trixie, a girl with a troubled past, and the two become fast friends. But when two skeletons are accidentally unearthed from their common ground, the lives of Tina and Trixie, Cookie and Henry are brought together in unexpected and startling ways.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0384
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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