Seattle Times and BookPage
Best Book of the Year
THE WIND IS NOT A RIVER
IN THE PRESS
“An intense personal drama…
a harrowing struggle for survival… A breathtaking evocation of landscape coupled with a compassionate exploration of
the human heart.”
“Set against a meticulously described Alaskan setting, each harrowing or quietly painful minute is portrayed in realistic detail… Miraculous and heartbreaking… The book arcs poetically across the distance between Helen and John, drawing out the separation that they (and the reader) can hardly bear.”
“A haunting love story wrapped in an engaging and unsettling history lesson…Along the way, readers will learn not just about a fascinating and largely forgotten slice of American history, but what it felt like to live through it.”
THE DAILY MAIL (UK)
MELISSA BROWN, BOOKPAGE
IN THE PRESS
HAIL MARY CORNER
“Brutally honest…. immediately captures the imagination. This is a story of a fall from grace, which happens so swiftly and triggers such tragedy that you wonder how a young teenage boy could ever recover. (Hail Mary Corner) offers no extenuating excuses or final absolution but leads to self-awareness and, ultimately, peace.”
SHADOW OF THE BEAR
“Brian Payton has traveled to all lands where bears thrive. He brings back to us a thousand stories of mystery and wonder, myriad insights into the nature of this iconic creature, poetic moments of encounter and concern, all brought together into a moving narrative that reminds us that we are not predominate on this Earth. This is a lesson we would do well to remember.”
THE ICE PASSAGE
“A gripping story… Payton’s detailed and fascinating exploration of this hideous voyage into the Arctic wilderness reminds us that the North is a crucial feature of both our past and our future.”
author and Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
CHARLOTTE GRAY, THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Brian Payton is the author of
THE WIND IS NOT A RIVER, an American Booksellers Association IndieNext Great Reads Pick, American Library Association “Library Reads” Pick, Amazon Book of the Month, Amazon Canada Best Fiction of the Year, and a Seattle Times and BookPage Best Book of the Year.
Payton is also the author of the novel HAIL MARY CORNER and two acclaimed works of narrative nonfiction: SHADOW OF THE BEAR, a Barnes and Noble Book Club Pick and U.S. National Outdoor Book Awards Book of the Year; and THE ICE PASSAGE, a finalist for the Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize.
Payton’s articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and Hakai Magazine. He lives with his family on Vancouver Island.