In a world that knows too well the anguish inherent in the clash of old ways and new lifestyles, Margaret Craven's classic and timeless story of a young man's journey into the Pacific Northwest is as
In a world that knows too well the anguish inherent in the clash of old ways and new lifestyles, Margaret Craven's classic and timeless story of a young man's journey into the Pacific Northwest is as relevant today as ever.
Here amid the grandeur of British Columbia stands the village of Kingcome, a place of salmon runs and ancient totems - a village so steeped in time that, according to Kwakiutl legend, it was founded by two brothers left on earth after the great flood. Yet in this Eden of such natural beauty and richness, the old culture of totems and potlaches is under attack - slowly being replaced by a new culture of prefab houses and alcoholism. Into this world, where an entire generation of young people has become disenchanted and alienated from their heritage, Craven introduces Mark Brian, a young vicar sent to the small isolated parish by his church.
This is Mark's journey of discovery - a journey that will teach him about life, death, and the transforming power of love. It is a journey that will resonate in the mind of readers long after the book is done.
First published in Canada in 1967, the book was not published in the United States until 1973. Released to wide acclaim, I Heard the Owl Call My Name reached No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In the year of its American release, the book was adapted to the screen by Gerald Di Pego as a CBS television movie of the same title.
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was an American author. Born in Helena, Montana, she grew up in Sacramento, California. After graduating from Stanford University, she worked for a time as a journalist. By 1930, she was writing short stories that she sold to a number of national magazines. She continued writing and publishing short stories for more than three decades and, in the 1960s, wrote about the plight of the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) First Nations people of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. In 1967 she wrote I Heard the Owl Call My Name, first published in Canada. The book was published in the United States in 1973 and reached No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list.