Under A Pole Star

Under A Pole Star

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A whaler's daughter, Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of twelve and fell in love with the cold and unforgiving terrain. In 1889, she sets out to become a scientist and explorer. Despite those who believe that a young woman has no place in this harsh world of men, her determination leads her back to northern Greenland at the head of a British expedition. Yearning for wider horizons, American geologist Jakob de Beyn joins a rival expedition led by the furiously driven Lester Armitage. When the path of Flora's expedition meets theirs, the three lives become intertwined. All are obsessed with the north, a place where violent extremes exist side by side: perpetual night and endless day; frozen seas and coastal meadows; heroism and lies. Armitage's ruthless desire to be the true leader of polar discovery takes him and his men on a mission whose tragic outcome will reverberate for years to come. Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siècle New York and London, Under a Pole Star is a compelling look at the dark side of the golden age of exploration, a study of the corrosive power of ambition, and an epic, incendiary love story.
Publisher: New York, New York : Quercus, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781681441177
Characteristics: 580 pages :,illustrations, map ;,24 cm.


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ontherideau May 28, 2019

Part Arctic exploration, part intimate love story and part study of a career oriented woman in the late 1800's. Ms Penney's depiction of the exploitation of Inuit is true to life and Under a Pole Star is worth reading if only for that knowledge.


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Dec 23, 2018

loved this book! and thanks to my library buddy who recommended it. Another author whom I've followed all over the world is Andrea Barrett.

A cool new novel for a hot summer read. You can feel the chill of frozen seas and the warmth of endless clays in this tale.

Mar 09, 2018

I really enjoyed reading about Flora leading an Arctic exploration in 19th century. It was nice to see a strong woman who went after her dreams during a time when women didn't have much rights because of their gender. The romance part was nice and I really liked the Jakob character--he felt genuine to me. The downside of this book? I got a bit tired of how Author Stef Penney wrote so many very detailed & long sex scenes throughout the book. I understand it was part of how Flora and Jakob discovered themselves and what they wanted in life. However, I felt it was distracting at times because I wanted to read about explorations, not about detailed and long sex moments in the book. I would've given 5 stars if it did not have so many of those scenes throughout the book.

JessicaGma Jan 15, 2018

An extremely well written tale of Arctic exploration in the late 1800s where the three main characters are all interconnected. I wasn't sure how it was all going to play out, but it was a really great read. Highly recommended.

SnoIsleLib_DeniseD Nov 22, 2017

Ms. Penney, you had me at nineteenth century woman-led Arctic exploration. Then you added complex, haunting characters, a detailed sense of place and time, and candid situations? Render me captivated. Bravo! My favorite novel of 2017.

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