Darkest Evening by William Durbin
  

Darkest Evening

Written by William Durbin
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Part of the Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series

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Synopsis

Darkest Evening by William Durbin

In the 1930s, some 6,000 Finnish Americans traveled to Karelia, a province in Northwestern Russia, hoping to leave the Depression behind and to establish a workers' paradise. Based on these true events, The Darkest Evening chronicles the story of Jake Maki, whose father, caught up in the socialist fervor washing over their Finnish mining community in Minnesota, moves their family to the Soviet Union.Instead of finding the utopia they were promised, Jake and his family encounter only disappointment and hardship. When Stalin's secret police begin targeting Americans for arrest, his worst fears are confirmed, and Jake leads his family on a daring midwinter escape attempt on cross-country skis, fleeing toward the Finnish border.

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Durbin writes historical fiction for young people better than just about anyone. --St. Paul Pioneer Press

About the Author

William Durbin is a former high school and college English teacher and the award-winning author of ten novels, including Wintering and The Broken Blade. He lives on Lake Vermilion at the edge of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
248 pages

Author

William Durbin
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Publisher

University of Minnesota Press

Publication date

12th January 2011

ISBN

9780816675685


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