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READER » DOC Gaining Daylight º Life on Two Islands ↠ SARA LOEWEN ↠ For many the idea of living off the land is a romantic notion left to stories of olden days or wistful dreams at the office But for Sara Loewen it becomes her way of life each summer as her family settles into their remote cPacificLoewen’s writing is richly descriptive; readers can almost feel heat from wood stoves smell smoking salmon and spot the ways the ocean blues change with the season With honesty and humor Loewen easily draws readers into her world sharing the rewards of subsistence living and the peace brought by miles of crisp solitude  I am a freuent reader of 49 Writers and it was from this site that I learned about Sarah Loewen an Alaskan writer who was one of their featured writers in 2013 I enjoyed the essays on writing that she contributed there and was intrigued to read her book Gaining Daylight Life on two Islands Sarah has a way of pulling the reader into her life her islands her home In Gaining Daylight her essays focus on her life as a mother and a wife for part of the year on Kodiak Island AK and continue to follow her life at her family’s fishing site on Uyak Bay a much secluded location where they travel for part of the year for her husband’s work as a commercial fisherman Her life revolves around these two places and includes going back and forth between a modern life and one that follows old fashioned ways of livingSince I have young children and work towards being a writer I was connected to her essays and her struggles with balancing the two on top of work marriage and some kind of leisure time Plus both of our husbands do a lot of fishing mine with a fly rod Composed in her essays about her life and her husband’s occupation as a commercial fisherman Loewen writes about her connection to her natural world including the discomforts that can arise even in a place one considers as home Amidst the history and stories about her life on her two islands is Loewen’s steady voice that causes one to pause and take a look at their surroundings consider life in the past and to appreciate each day as they move and change with the seasons

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For many the idea of living off the land is a romantic notion left to stories of olden days or wistful dreams at the office But for Sara Loewen it becomes her way of life each summer as her family settles into their remote cabin on Uyak Bay for the height of salmon season With this connection to thousands of years of fishing and This beautiful debut collection by Sara Loewen is one to savor I was immediately pulled in to the book by her melodic writing style and her contemplative gently humorous voice and I found it hard to put downThe subtle tensions in her essays spoke to me in several ways as a parent in the trenches juggling endless demands and sleeplessness amid moments of precious bliss; as a partner trying to nurture myself as well as my relationship; and as an Alaskan making peace with isolation in exchange for pristine beauty and strong community Ultimately though her writing has universal appeal as it speaks to our experience with love and loneliness our search for happiness and our desire to live well and make our mark despite our small and temporal existence Loewen weaves a good deal of history with her own personal narratives carefully and artistically finding meaningful points of contact between past present and futureLike a delicious meal I wanted to consume this book start to finish in one setting but I forced myself to slow down and enjoy every morsel because I didn't want to miss the delicacies or rush the experience I approaching it almost as I would poetry pausing to re read and appreciate her lyrical vivid descriptions and phrases I managed to spread the experience out over a couple of days and even then I was almost sad to reach the final pages Her words and images have stayed with me though and they still come to me at different moments throughout my day I am glad I savored this book and I am excited for anyone who is discovering it for the first time

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Gaining Daylight Life on Two IslandsGathering at its core  Gaining Daylight explores what it means to balance lives on two islands living within both an ancient way of life and the modern world Her personal essays integrate natural and island history with her experiences of fishing and family life as well as the challenges of living at the northern edge of the I read this book cover to cover and now I keep it around and dip into it when I feel nostalgic for the places and people in it