January 2014 Indie Next List
“A grand tale of devotion and adventure set in a forgotten theater of World War II, Payton's new novel is convincingly told. Along with journalist John Easley, the stranded protagonist, readers feel the Arctic wind screaming across Japanese occupied Atta in the remote Aleutian Islands and are swept along by the parallel narrative of Helen, John's wife, as she sets off from her native Seattle in a bold, imaginative effort to locate her missing husband. Compelling!”
— Chris Wilcox, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC
"The Wind Is Not a River" is Brian Payton s gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil fight to reunite in Alaska s starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands.
Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, he heads north to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska s Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the US government.
While John is accompanying a crew on a bombing run, his plane is shot down over the island of Attu. He survives only to find himself exposed to a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, known as the birthplace of winds. There, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own remorse while evading discovery by the Japanese.
Alone at home, Helen struggles with the burden of her husband s disappearance. Caught in extraordinary circumstances, in this new world of the missing, she is forced to reimagine who she is and what she is capable of doing. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows.
About the Author
BRIAN PAYTON is the author of two books of non-fiction and the novel Hail Mary Corner, a debut The Globe and Mail declared "packs a cathartic wallop." His second book, Shadow of the Bear, was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick and a 2006 Book of the Year (U.S. National Outdoor Book Awards). His last book, The Ice Passage, was longlisted for the 2010 National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. Payton lives with his family in Vancouver.
Mark Bramhall has won more than two dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association s prestigious Audie Award in 2013. He has been named by "Publishers Weekly" and "AudioFile" magazine among their Best Voices of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.