Read, reviewed, and sent to another Bookcrosser in April, 2006
It was a little hard "getting into" this book, but I enjoyed it more as I kept on with it. I thought the characters were an allegory of Alaska in its struggle for statehood and respect in the early 1950s. Christine represented Alaska itself, and her two grandfathers, in their differing views for her future and for that of Alaska represented the struggle between the historical, old, "pure" Alaska and the greed of those catering to outside interests. Long-time family friend Bridie seemed to represent the wish for respect and acceptance from the rest of the USA, and the world. The book was written, and therefore the story ended before Alaska actually became a state.
For another review, read here .