From Mary Jo
Eve of a Hundred Midnights is the true story two married journalists on an island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the Fall of Manila during World War II—a saga of love, adventure, and danger.
Hopping between the Philippines, Japan, China, the United States, and more, this is a close-up look at Asia during WWII. History has given some of the events a different brush stroke than Mel and Annalee, and it was interesting to read about their experiences in real time, rather than looking backward.
If you’re at all interested in this era of history, you’ll want to pick up this book. It took me a while to get through it, but I’m glad I did.
I’ve heard it said that people move to Alaska because they’re either running from something of to something, and that sums up the premise for this book as a family moves to the hardscrabble Alaska wilderness.
In addition to family issues at the core of the move, the book touches on issues related to isolated living – self-sufficiency, living off the grid, transportation in a harsh environment, community and reliance, and more.
I’ve spent time in Alaska, although mostly in its cities, but have taken brief peeks into the wilderness area. I’m not hardy enough to live there, so experiencing it through this book is as closes as I’m going to come. This is one of Kristin Hannah’s best.