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About the Author: Velma Wallis

Velma Wallis (born 1960) is a Gwich'in Athabascan Indian and bestselling U.S. novelist. Her work has been translated into 17 languages.

She was born and raised in a remote Alaskan village near Fort Yukon, approximately 200 km north-east of Fairbanks. This location could be accessed only by riverboat, airplane, snowmobile or dogsled. Velma grew up among twelve siblings. Her father died when she was thirteen years old, and she stayed out of school to help her mother with the household. (She later went on to receive her GED diploma, which is a High School equivalent.)

About twelve miles away from the village, her father had once built a small cabin in the wilderness. He had been an active hunter and trapper. Some time after his death Velma surprised her family and friends by leaving home and living in the cabin for some years. She perfected her trapping, fishing and hunting skills and lived on what she could provide for herself. At one point her mother joined her during the summer to teach her more of the traditional skills needed to survive. In this area, where the Porcupine River flows into the Yukon River, Velma Wallis lived an independent lifestyle. These experiences led directly to her first book, Two Old Women, which astonished her publisher by selling 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Velma Wallis, who has three daughters and a son, now divides her time between Fairbanks and Fort Yukon.


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Paperback, Published in Sep 2009 by Ediciones B

ISBN10: 8498722896 | ISBN13: 9788498722895

Page count: 141

There are novels that seem legends, and the histories of two elderly women who lived in the frozen lands of Alaska has the taste of these ancient teachings that children receive from the mouths of their parents during the long winter nights ... There was once two women, very old, which were abandoned for their own people, and condemned to die of cold and starvation. After the initial bewilderment, the spirit of survival was imposed, and neglected their ailments, the couple's struggle to defeat death. It was then they discovered unsuspected qualities that have enabled them to save their lives and know better from themselves and towards others. With humble words and emotions, Velma Wallis gives us a fairy tale that comes from the cold but retains the warmth of a spiritual message that seeks and finds love in the most humble gestures and sincere voices.

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