And She Was (2020)

And She Was Cindy Dyson And She Was Sweeping across centuries and into the Aleutian Islands of Alaska s Bering Sea And She Was begins with a decision and a broken taboo when three starving Aleut mothers decide to take their fate into t
  • Title: And She Was
  • Author: Cindy Dyson
  • ISBN: 9780060597719
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
And She Was Cindy Dyson Sweeping across centuries and into the Aleutian Islands of Alaska s Bering Sea, And She Was begins with a decision and a broken taboo when three starving Aleut mothers decide to take their fate into their own hands Two hundred and fifty years later, by the time Brandy, a floundering, trashy, Latin spewing cocktail waitress, steps ashore in the 1980s, Unalaska Island has aSweeping across centuries and into the Aleutian Islands of Alaska s Bering Sea, And She Was begins with a decision and a broken taboo when three starving Aleut mothers decide to take their fate into their own hands Two hundred and fifty years later, by the time Brandy, a floundering, trashy, Latin spewing cocktail waitress, steps ashore in the 1980s, Unalaska Island has absorbed their dark secret a secret that is both salvation and shame.In a tense interplay between past and present, And She Was explores Aleut history, mummies, conquest, survival, and the seamy side of the 1980s in a fishing boomtown at the edge of the world, where a lost woman struggles to understand the gray shades between heroism and evil, and between freedom and bondage.
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  1. Katie Schmid

    Sometimes all you need to stop being a fast easy broad is the mummified digit of an old whale hunter.

  2. Kim

    I almost didn t read this book I started reading it and wasn t sure I wanted to read a story about a trashy character with a seamy lifestyle But I perservered about 6 lines and was hooked The history is captivating, and Brandy is one of those self imposed unloveables that you can t help but love This book ties together ancient secrets and present day soul searching in a way that keeps you turning pages just to see what will happen next Loved it

  3. Debby

    You may not be familiar with the kind of places where bars are considered attractions Where the best place to be, the only place, is the worst place But I understood Yup I understand Thad and I were used to sitting in bars together We both came easy to bar stool intimacy Having a boyfriend who is equally matched when it comes to mingling is essential for spending long afternoons at the bar Bar stool intimacy, just one turn on the road to my heart, it s true Latrinealia, or the art of bathroom wr [...]

  4. Ariel Uppstrom

    This was an interesting book I just randomly picked it up off the shelf at the library and gave it a shot The main character, Brandy, tends to simply follow where a man she s interested in goes The current man has led her to an isolated Aleutian town in Alaska She picks up a job as a cocktail waitress and attempts to get comfortable in a strange place However, as she begins to learn who the people are, she begins to uncover odd practices among the Aleut women This story is woven alongside anothe [...]

  5. Leslie

    This is one of the best books I ve read in a very long time It takes place in the Aleutian Islands and follows the story of the mother s mother s mother s mothers that survived and tried to save their people during the Russian conquest, the American Occupation, and WW2 It also tells the story of Brandy a very smart 31 year old that doesn t act like she s very smart at all She drifts from guy to guy, following one here, one there which is how she ended up in the Aleutians with a fisherman named T [...]

  6. sculptcha

    3.5 stars i only read this because my grandma was aleut and lived on dutchuntil the US government put them all in internment camps for their own protection while they spied on japan, and where they were forced to live in abandoned fish canning factories on the mainland and give up their ways of life, where many died, and the survivors came back home to their island ransacked and looted by american troops, but i digress s chick lit y on the surface, and i guess at its core as well, but deeper tha [...]

  7. Brandee

    I borrowed this from my friend sarah a year ago and I just finally finished it Wonderful story, makes you want to go live in Dutch Harbor Unalaska for a while And yet, scares you off at the same time It s about a girl named Brandy who follows her fisherman boyfriend out to Dutch Harbor Unalaska the tip island of the Aleutian Chain for no reason other than she has no where else to go and is used to following a man The book tells her story, she s the daughter of a drunk and a slut who is living on [...]

  8. Lisa Lewis

    At first, I was expecting the worst of this book The narrator main character is a sort of good time girl, drifting from man to man on a sea of bad jobs and drugs, and paragraphs like the following are how we are meant to get to know Brandy When I say I m blond I mean that I m really blond, the the color is real and that it s very blond The color of loose women and trailer trash It s the kind of hair that demands a sleazy respect I didn t realize how much I d let my hair control me, define me, un [...]

  9. Carol

    Not an easy book for me to get into or continue through, but rewarding all the same To say the premise of the book is that a woman named Brandy waits on the Aleutian Islands for a man to return from fishing is too simplistic, although that is the plot of the book Sadly, it has been the plot of too many women s lives Brandy is rootless but has absorbed much in her wanderings up and down the west coast of North America She is often drunk and horny, and does not seem interested in actually putting [...]

  10. Janet

    In recounting the roles of women through the years in the Aleutian islands, one is forced to confront the expectations of women in our society today I had a friend who was very much like the narrator of the book in that she defined herself in terms of the man she was currently dating, so I could relate to those scenes where she agonizes over her failure to direct her own life.One little gem is buried in the end of the book the description of wind and what feelings it stirs up brought back wonder [...]

  11. Sharon Gausch

    The premise of this book sounded intriguing and I really expected to like it For me the two stories didn t work though, and I found myself slogging through to get to the end, hoping it would pull together in a satisfying way Unfortunately it never did I never engaged with any of the characters, the back and forth between past and present never meshed, and by halfway through I just felt like, who cares.

  12. Phyllis

    I had to get about 30% into this book before I liked what I was reading, before it became complex The Aleutian Islands and its people, the Russians, the missionaries, WWII and it s relocation of the Aleuts, and the story of a woman who finds herself there in the 1980s It is 250 years of the women of these islands that hold the secret that protects their families and struggles to hold them together.

  13. Mary

    Haunting The contrast and yet the connection between a blonde named Brandy and the brave Aleut women who were central to the story was alluring I loved this book, but it was not like anything I have ever read I would say give it a try, and give it time to grab you

  14. Ruth

    304 pages Like the comic books that animate and inspire it, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay is both larger than life and of it too Complete with golems and magic and miraculous escapes and evil nemeses and even hand to hand Antarctic battle, it pursues the most important questions of love and war, dreams and art, across pages brimming with longing and hope Samuel Klayman self described little man, city boy, and Jew first meets Josef Kavalier when his mother shoves him aside in his own be [...]

  15. Shelby Lee

    Really, the only reason this book is getting three stars instead of two is because I learned something new, and I dearly love to learn.Lots of books have a back and forth type of story where history and present are told side by side Normally I don t really mind, but it was so hard for me to get into this book I wanted to read about history or I wanted to read the current story, but I really didn t think they meshed well at all.In the present the 1980s this book follows a woman in her 30s with an [...]

  16. RABComet

    Cindy Dyson s And She Was is amongst the most profound and astounding writing I have read so far this year She has a crisp, clear writing style, but she also has a story that gets under your skin I felt, at the end, like I had just come out of a sweat lodge and sweat lodges are scary for me, I get taken to the edge and miraculously, when I don t die, I get returned cleansed, new, restored.She really gets and relays the sensuality and the angst of what it is for a woman, for a human being, to fig [...]

  17. Jennifer

    In the mid 1980 s, Brandy a blonde haired, tight jeans wearning, cocktail waitress avoids her demons by once again following a man but this time to a place much further both physically and metaphorically than she could have imagined the Aleutian Islands of Alaska s Bering Sea She comes to Unalaska Island with Thad, a commerical fisherman, but it s what happens when Thad is out at sea that begins to change Brandy Though she quickly falls into a familiar pattern fending off drunks while working as [...]

  18. melydia

    Brandy is a young woman who drifts through life, moving from man to man, following each wherever he takes her At the start of this book she has just followed the latest all the way to Dutch, a tiny town on the Aleutian Island of Unalaska Intertwined with her story is that of several generations of Aleutian women, each sacrificing so that her people may live The first half of the book is kind of slow, paddling around in shallow waters to thoroughly set the scene After that it picks up, both the s [...]

  19. Jenn

    This book is an interesting blend of history and fiction I always dig books about women and their role in society, their ability to function without or in spite of men, and their internal strength an dpower And that s sort of what this book was about It s also about a woman who finds herself by freeing herself of men and finding her own inner power and strength and self something all women should aspire to A woman s courage is often mistaken for insanity I think, in part, I respond well to this [...]

  20. Alicia

    When I was at the library this book jumped out at me because of the title Being a Talking Heads fan, I immediately thought of the song, so I decided to get it even though it was not in my plan I ended up liking it for the most part, although at times I felt that the writer was trying too hard to be, well, a writer Some of the reflections she has the main character doing about herself seem sort of forced There is also this piece about being the stereotypical blonde, which I though would play out [...]

  21. Michelle

    I don t even know where to start with this book It s about a thirty something woman, Brandy, in the 80s who follows her newest boyfriend to Dutch Harbor, AK think site of Deadliest Catch A professional cocktail waitress, she s naturally blond, from a broken home and tries to never think about the future But then she starts learning about the history of the Aleut people, especially the women, and begins to discover many dark and compelling truths Brandy also learns about herself but she goes ki [...]

  22. Emily

    If you have watched and enjoy the show Dexter, you would probably enjoy this book The book goes back and forth in time between Brandy, the current day character, and different generations of Aluet women The story focuses on how mothers will do what needs to be done to ensure the survival of the next generation It also focuses on how Brandy has to decide if she will do what is necessary to save herself You might not agree with all of the choices and actions, but it is hard to disagree with the mo [...]

  23. Jodi

    If you haven t guessed, I like historical fiction This book was good, but I from the first few pages I had a pretty good idea where it was headed I m conflicted, because the story, and the people are not predictable This is a story about the Aleuts from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska How often do see books about the Aleuts I enjoyed the way the story moved back and forth through time telling the stories of several generations of Aleut women I found the character, Brandy, predictable She was the [...]

  24. Christine

    I loved the setting of this book, Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands This is also the setting of one of my favorite shows, Deadliest Catch, on The Discovery Channel The main character works at a bar which actually exists although has since changed owners and undergone a name change Set in the present, there is an incredible back story filled with historical accounts of how women fared in the at times punishing climate of this area in the Bering Sea After reading it I began searching f [...]

  25. Mary Drew

    I m barely halfway into this book and it s holding my attention because of the voice and character of Brandy someone I would probably think I didn t want to know in real life I can tell that she is going to change in some way because of being in Dutch Harbor, but I don t yet know why or how The flashbacks to the days of the Russian conquest of Unalaska are well done they draw me in and I want to know about what happens to the Aleuts and Brandy.Finished it today a 3 day read I liked the voice of [...]

  26. James

    Full review to come later Quick take Highly recommend, particularly if one or of the following interest you The Last Frontier specifically the Aleutian islands chain the history of the native Aleut people through conquest, assimilation, and struggle for cultural survival an interesting 30 something woman who s reached a critical juncture in her life mostly by happenstance the mid 80s milieu of booze drugs, casual sex, and adrenaline that was Dutch Harbor based commercial fishing and finally, Th [...]

  27. Susan

    I know a lot of people really liked this book I just really didn t The main character, Brandy, is an underachieving woman who it seems takes drugs and hooks up with men She follows one man to a remote Alaskan island, where she gets a job as a cocktail waitress and takes drugs She comes to interat with an Alaskan legend about mummies and actually ends up finding herself I didn t really take a liking to any of the characters, and found parts of the book rather gross I don t know why I finished it [...]

  28. Laura

    I really enjoyed this book If there was a 1 2 star rating, I d give it 4.5 stars The author has an amazing way with words and crafts vivid descriptions of the Aleut people and culture I also enjoyed the way that the story alternates between the past and the 1980s For anyone who enjoys historical fiction or learning about another culture, this book is for you I didn t want it to end and had a hard time putting it down I even stayed up late to read it, which really says something because I have a [...]

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