In this epic family saga, the real history of the American West is revealed in all its terror, beauty, and complexity. The Shining Mountains brilliantly limns a world now long forgotten: of blended cultures seeking allies, trading furs for guns and steel, and a way of life in collision with westward colonial expansion.
Alix Christie is the direct descendant of Angus McDonald's brother Duncan. Her debut novel, Gutenberg's Apprentice, was published by Harper Books in 2014. For the past thirty years she has reported for newspapers in California and from Europe as a foreign correspondent, including for the Washington Post, the Guardian of London, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Salon.com. She currently reviews books and arts for The Economist. She lives in San Francisco, California.
"The Shining Mountains is a rousing historical novel that kept me up late, with woven story lines of fascinating characters moving across the Pacific Northwest seeking fortune and the thrill of survival and, of course, love. I especially loved the women, their bravery and clear-eyed vision of this world, from ancestral legends to the danger of the new."--Susan Straight, author of Mecca and Highwire Moon
"The Shining Mountains takes its history seriously. Love, treachery, violence, and honour, it is all here in a novel to be savoured."--Sarah Dunant, author of In the Name of the Family
"Alix Christie has not only written a generous and spirited novel of the fur trade and the marriage of two worlds, she has written a rousing adventure tale steeped in research and oral histories. Humorous and deeply tender, I admire The Shining Mountains for its vivid and emotionally rendered characters, its magnificent landscape, and how Christie captures the extraordinary power of living story."--Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajewea
"An exceptional novel. . . . Intimate and expansive, tender and violent, The Shining Mountains is both a gripping family saga and a profound requiem for the lives lost and displaced by American westward expansion. This is storytelling at its finest."--Zack Bean, author of Man on Fire
"The Shining Mountains is an ambitious rendering of the conflicts between and among Indigenous Nations and European invaders in the final years of British American rivalry below the Medicine Line, centered in the diverse voices of a mixed-heritage family. Christie's book improves and expands on an important chapter of the West."--Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., author of Sacred Smokes and Sacred City
"A heartbreaking and horripilating tale of greed and betrayal. A monument to the hypocrisy of Manifest Destiny."--Dennis McCarthy, author of The Gospel According to Billy the Kid: A Novel