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Book Thoughts: Epic Solitude (Katherine Keith)

Keith, Katherine - Epic Solitude


Title: Epic Solitude
Author: Katherine Keith
Genre: Non-Fiction / Memoir /
First published: to be published 4 February by Blackstone Publishing
Edition: e-ARC, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

‘A Story of Survival and a Quest for Meaning in the Far North’

All her life, Katherine Keith has hungered for remote, wild places that fill her soul with freedom and peace. Her travels take her across America, but it is in the vast and rugged landscape of Alaska that she finds her true home.

This book was a quite a ride, I can tell you that. It broke my heart several times over.

The first half of this memoir I was not convinced. Though I felt for the author, I could not quite connect to the writing style and I struggled with the way Katherine expressed herself. When you are reading a memoir, you want to feel connected to the person telling his or her story and this what was not happening for me in the beginning. However, I think this changed the moment she arrived in Alaska.

The second half of the book had me hooked. I cried with Katherine as she experienced her losses and rooted for her as she bravely fought to be the best she could be, both for herself and the people that needed her.

I once spent five days on a dogsled in the Arctic and it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, so reading about that part of her life brought back amazing memories and made me smile.

I feel like I have been through the wars at the end of this book, so I can only imagine how Katherine Keith must feel. I am so grateful that she shared her experiences with us, the readers. I am full of admiration for this woman.

If you are interested in stories of survival and hardship, read this book. It is worth your time!

5 out of 7 stars

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