To the Bright Edge of the World

Eowyn Ivey
Dec 28, 2016

To the Bright Edge of the World deserves all the praise it has been receiving. In 1885, newly-married Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small group of men on an expedition into untamed Alaska Territory to explore the possibilities for future settlements and trade routes. He leaves his pregnant wife, Sophie, behind and they exchange letters, writing about the hardships they each face while away from the other.

It is written mainly as a series of journal entries, but photographs, drawings, newspaper articles, and official army reports are interspersed, making it seem more like memoir than a work of fiction. There are some mythical elements and Native American folklore thrown in, which add more depth. To the Bright Edge of the World is a great recommendation for men and women alike who enjoy historical fiction. 

Reviewed by Library Staff