Anna, Like Thunder: A Novel by Peggy HerringAnna, Like Thunder: A Novel by Peggy Herring

Anna, Like Thunder: A Novel

byPeggy Herring

Paperback | April 24, 2018

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In 1808, the Russian Ship St. Nikolai ran aground off the Olympic Peninsula; this novel is based on this astounding historical event and the lives of the people affected.

In 1808, eighteen-year-old Anna Petrovna Bulygina is aboard the Russian ship St. Nikolai when it runs aground off on the west coast of Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula. The crew, tasked with trading for sea otter pelts and exploring the coast, are forced to shore into Indigenous territory, where they are captured, enslaved, and then traded among three different Indigenous communities. Terrified at first, Anna soon discovers that nothing—including slavery—is what she expected. She begins to question Russian imperialist aspirations, the conduct of the crew, and her own beliefs and values as she experiences a way of life she never could have imagined.

Based on historical record, Anna, Like Thunder blends fact and fiction to explore the early days of contact between Indigenous people and Europeans off the west coast of North America and offers a fresh interpretation of history.

Peggy Herring spent her career as a journalist with the CBC, and has worked all over Canada, as well as in Nepal, London, Dhaka, and New Delhi. Peggy is the author of This Innocent Corner (Oolichan Books, 2010), and her short fiction has been featured in a variety of publications, including The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, and...
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Title:Anna, Like Thunder: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 24, 2018Publisher:TouchWood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927366747

ISBN - 13:9781927366745

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story. I loved this book. The atmospheric descriptions of the scenery were very vivid without being too laboured. The characters were realistic, complex and flawed. The detail and insight into the everyday lives, routines and rituals of the local peoples really set the context for the story to unfold. Great book.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it Down! A great book that brings to life a moment in history. I felt transported back in time.
Date published: 2018-05-07