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TISHA The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness
TISHA The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness Author:Robert Specht TISHA - THE STORY OF A YOUNG TEACHER IN THE ALASKA WILDERNESS - AS TOLD TO ROBERT SPECHT' — "Tisha?" — "Yes?" — "You one good white woman." — With these words an Indian boy named Chuck hands over his heart and his trust to a young teacher. It is 1927 in Alaska, and TISHA is Anne Hobbs' true story. — Full of energy and ideals, Anne treks across the n... more »orthern tundra to become schoolmarm in the remote gold-rush settlement of Chicken. Here her life's adventure begins - an adventure that pits her against the relentless Alaskan winter and the equally relentless, sometimes savage, determination of the whole colorful lot of Chickenites that Anne will conform, for her own good, to their standards.
Three men court Anne's favors: Joe Temple, handsome and cynical; Cabaret Jackson, a brawling frontiersman; and Fred Purdy, warm, generous...and half-Eskimo.
Her neighbors' open-hearted welcome cools as Anne's friendship with Fred Purdy grows stronger. It evaporates when she seats little Chuck in class with her white students. And when Anne gets her back up, hostility erupts.
Amid the turmoil, Anne finds the strong center of herself. And along her way - even as she fights for the man she loves and the children who have become hers - Anne makes the most of the very real joys of life in the North Country.
Not since Benedict and Nancy Freedman's best-selling novel, Mrs. Mike, has the story of a young woman in the untamed north been told so well. Tisha is a tale filled with warmth and love, with violence and sudden death, with prejudice, struggle, bravery and triumph.« less
I found this book difficult to read, not because it is poorly written but because the story is claimed as a true one. As a researcher engaged in a project about the Fortymile and who knows the Purdy family, I can say that Tisha is a highly fictionalized account of Anne Hobbs' first year in Alaska in a town called Chicken. Read it and enjoy it as an adventurous love story but don't believe it and certainly don't try to do any genealogical or geographical research based on it.