Under A Pole Star

Under A Pole Star

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A whaler's daughter, Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of twelve and fell in love with the cold and unforgiving terrain. In 1889, she sets out to become a scientist and explorer. Despite those who believe that a young woman has no place in this harsh world of men, her determination leads her back to northern Greenland at the head of a British expedition. Yearning for wider horizons, American geologist Jakob de Beyn joins a rival expedition led by the furiously driven Lester Armitage. When the path of Flora's expedition meets theirs, the three lives become intertwined. All are obsessed with the north, a place where violent extremes exist side by side: perpetual night and endless day; frozen seas and coastal meadows; heroism and lies. Armitage's ruthless desire to be the true leader of polar discovery takes him and his men on a mission whose tragic outcome will reverberate for years to come. Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siècle New York and London, Under a Pole Star is a compelling look at the dark side of the golden age of exploration, a study of the corrosive power of ambition, and an epic, incendiary love story.
Publisher: New York :, Quercus,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781681441177
Characteristics: 580 pages : map ; 24 cm


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JessicaGma Jan 15, 2018

An extremely well written tale of Arctic exploration in the late 1800s where the three main characters are all interconnected. I wasn't sure how it was all going to play out, but it was a really great read. Highly recommended.

SnoIsleLib_DeniseD Nov 22, 2017

Ms. Penney, you had me at nineteenth century woman-led Arctic exploration. Then you added complex, haunting characters, a detailed sense of place and time, and candid situations? Render me captivated. Bravo! My favorite novel of 2017.


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