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Sivulliq - by Lily H Tuzroyluke

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  • In the spring of 1893, arctic Alaska is devastated by smallpox.
  • Author(s): Lily H Tuzroyluke
  • 290 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Action & Adventure


About the Book

Kayaliruk wakes with a bleeding scalp and no memory of the last day. Her sons says her daughter was stolen by Yankee whalers.

Book Synopsis

In the spring of 1893, arctic Alaska is devastated by smallpox. Kayaliruk knows it is time to light the funeral pyres and leave their home. With her surviving children, she packs their dog sled and they set off to find family.

Kayaliruk wakes with a bleeding scalp and no memory of the last day. Her daughter was stolen by Yankee whalers, her sons say. They begin chasing the ship, through arctic storms, across immeasurable distances, slipping into the Yankee whalers' town on Herschel Island, and to the enemy shores of Siberia.

Ibai, an African American whaler, grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts among the long-standing whaling industry. This is his first whaling expedition. He learned the names of the whaling ships, counted their barrels, whalebone, and baleen, memorized stories of seafaring heroes overcoming great odds, while his father crafted harpoons for captains. In anguish, he learns whaling ships will obtain oil at any cost. The lives of Kayaliruk and Ibai become intertwined on this journey, both witnessing colonial horrors upon their Peoples.

Review Quotes

"This is my favorite book of the year! Lily Tuzroyluke's debut novel

Sivulliq is an instant Alaska classic. Gripping and raw, honest, and gut wrenchingly beautiful,

this profound and heartbreaking story of resilience and love is as important as any modern tale

ever told in the

north. Sivulliq is unforgettable and haunting-a bold new work from a gifted writer sharing her

talent and vital indigenous knowledge that can help us all become better human beings."

-Don Rearden, author of The Raven's Gift

Indigenous writer Tuzroyluke's stirring debut evokes the beauty of the Arctic and sheds light on a dark corner of U.S. history. In the spring of 1893, a smallpox epidemic devastates Indigenous communities along the north shore of Alaska. After lighting a funeral pyre for the bodies of her husband and immediate family, Kayaliruk heads north in a dog sled with her three children to find other survivors. Along the way, they suffer a violent encounter with Naluagmiut (white men), who kidnap her only daughter. Badly injured and near starvation, Kayaliruk is determined to save her daughter and follows the men's American whaling ship with her two sons, first to Herschel Island, an outpost in the Beaufort Sea, then to Siberia. The story of Kayaliruk's journey alternates with that of Ibai, a Black whaler from Massachusetts, whose fate will eventually merge with Kayaliruk's. Tuzroyluke explores a chapter of American expansion rarely included in history books, illuminating both the rich cultural diversity predating U.S. colonialism in the Arctic and the sordid legacy of whalers who overhunted and spread diseases. The ice is as omnipresent a character as either protagonist: "unpredictable, feared and a living creature" that can shift, crack, and overwhelm. Tuzroyluke's beautiful novel crackles with a fierce love of her people and their land. Publishers Weekly

Dimensions (Overall): 8.5 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .72 Inches (D)
Weight: .67 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 290
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Action & Adventure
Publisher: Epicenter Press (WA)
Format: Paperback
Author: Lily H Tuzroyluke
Language: English
Street Date: January 10, 2023
TCIN: 87305370
UPC: 9781684920419
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-2523
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.72 inches length x 5.5 inches width x 8.5 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.67 pounds
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