Book Review: Mother Earth Father Sky – by Sue Harrison

Author: Sue Harrison
Publisher: Doubleday
Date: June 1990
Genre: prehistoric fiction
Pages: 313, hardcover
Price: US $19.95, CD $24.95
My rating: An amazing, startling, satisfying read.

Mother Earth Father Sky is the first book in a trilogy that takes us into the lives of an ancient North American people in Alaska. If that sounds boring, don’t be fooled.

To be honest, I hardly know what to say about this book.  At the writing of this review, having just finished reading it I’m barely back to the here-and-now, and the story of Chagak is still fresh in my mind. To say that Sue Harrison wrote an amazing prehistoric fiction novel scarcely describes what she masterfully accomplished. Over the course of nine years she studied, researched and lived in her creative mind the tale of a long ago culture in Alaska, focusing on one Aleut woman’s struggle to survive and overcome a very harsh reality. That woman, Chagak, lived in a primitive time consisting of warrior tribes, legends, crude customs, myths, and magic, but also love, family ties, and community. The author made it all come alive through the power of the written word in a very easy-to-read style. I was held from the beginning of this book to its last page – left wanting to read more about the people I had come to know.

This book is not newly released but was published in 1990. I was fortunate to be gifted a copy and I’m so glad to have received it. If you come across Mother Earth Father Sky and you are not offended by the cruel reality and graphic descriptions of the belief system of prehistoric man, then do grab the opportunity to read this book.

(my apologies for the less than ideal image of the book)

You can find Mother Earth Father Sky listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂


8 responses to “Book Review: Mother Earth Father Sky – by Sue Harrison

  1. Thank you, Polilla, for this beautiful review of my novel. I appreciate so much your kind words and the time you took to read and review Mother Earth Father Sky. I so value your input! God bless you, Sue Harrison


  2. Great review of Sue’s book. It sounds intriguing.


  3. This sound like a fabulous book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


  4. All of this books are really interest and also very nice for the reader and also I want to say Thank you for make this book!


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