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Pure Land reads like Into the Wild, but with a female protagonist, and by an author who is even more fearless than Krakauer in her quest to understand her past, her motivations, and her desire to make sense of a brutal, possibly unavoidable murder. —Tracy Ross, author of The Source of All Things, a Memoir
Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of Grand Canyon and how McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. On this journey stretching from the southern tip of Japan to the bottom of Grand Canyon, and into the ugliest aspects of human behavior, Pure Land offers proof of the healing power of nature and of the resiliency of the human spirit.
Around this single horrific event Annette McGivney has masterfully woven three separate, highly personal narratives.
—S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
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McGivney is a storyteller of the highest caliber, with a style reminiscent of Jon Krakauer’s journalistic skill and unmistakable purpose.
— Carine McCandless, author of The Wild Truth, the New York Times bestselling follow-up to Into the Wild