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Pure Land


 

 

 

Pure Land
 

 

 

A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures

and the Search for Heaven on Earth

by Annette McGivney

 

McGivney intuitively grounds her narrative while exploring humanity’s roots of culture and origins of character, like the light of the sun awakening each intricate layer of earth in the deepest of canyons. She’s 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

 

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Pure Land


 

 

 

Pure Land
 

 

 

A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures

and the Search for Heaven on Earth

by Annette McGivney

 

McGivney intuitively grounds her narrative while exploring humanity’s roots of culture and origins of character, like the light of the sun awakening each intricate layer of earth in the deepest of canyons. She’s 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

 

Click Here to get the prologue and chapter 1 for free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was an 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Wescogame. Pure Land is the story of this tragedy—the most brutal murder in the history of Grand Canyon. But it is also the story of 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 the resiliency of the human spirit. (Photos from left: Tomomi Hamamure with her dog Blues; Havasu Falls in Grand Canyon, Havasupai Reservation.)

 

 
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There is such tragic irony here. The very things that Japanese tourist Tomomi Hanamure is so deeply passionate about—the wild, stark, beautiful American West and Native American culture—are what leads her to her violent death. 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

 

 

I struggled each time I had to step away from Annette McGivney’s powerful blend of investigation and memoir, Pure Land, because McGivney so expertly intertwines the lives of three people—all troubled, searching, and deeply connected to the stunningly gorgeous landscapes of the Grand Canyon. I fell harder for idealistic Tomimi Hanamure than I thought I would, felt more compassion for violent Randy Wescogame, and came away with a bottomless well of respect for McGivney. 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

 

 

 

 

Story


 


 

 

There is such tragic irony here. The very things that Japanese tourist Tomomi Hanamure is so deeply passionate about—the wild, stark, beautiful American West and Native American culture—are what leads her to her violent death. 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

 

 

I struggled each time I had to step away from Annette McGivney’s powerful blend of investigation and memoir, Pure Land, because McGivney so expertly intertwines the lives of three people—all troubled, searching, and deeply connected to the stunningly gorgeous landscapes of the Grand Canyon. I fell harder for idealistic Tomimi Hanamure than I thought I would, felt more compassion for violent Randy Wescogame, and came away with a bottomless well of respect for McGivney. 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

 

 

 

 

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In Pure Land, Annette McGivney has gathered together three disparate narratives and braided them into a bewitching tapestry of darkness and light, pain and atonement, along with the unexpected gifts that can sometimes accompany profoundly devastating loss. A horrifying, uplifting, and deeply sympathetic exploration of the manner in which crimes can continue to haunt all who are touched by them, victims and perpetrators alike, trapping them within a web of grief and longing that is tethered between the redemptive pillars of truth and forgiveness. 

— KEVIN FEDARKO, AUTHOR OF THE EMERALD MILE: THE EPIC STORY OF THE FASTEST RIDE IN HISTORY THROUGH THE HEART OF THE GRAND CANYON

 

In Pure Land, just as the Colorado formed the Grand Canyon, Annette McGivney shows how landscape and the circumstances of geography, politics and history formed the lives of Randy Wescogame and Tomomi Hanamure as well as her own. With such incredible compassion, deep insight, and crafted language, McGivney shapes her stories as richly as the landscape has shaped their lives.

— NICOLE WALKER, AUTHOR OF EGG

Ride


In Pure Land, Annette McGivney has gathered together three disparate narratives and braided them into a bewitching tapestry of darkness and light, pain and atonement, along with the unexpected gifts that can sometimes accompany profoundly devastating loss. A horrifying, uplifting, and deeply sympathetic exploration of the manner in which crimes can continue to haunt all who are touched by them, victims and perpetrators alike, trapping them within a web of grief and longing that is tethered between the redemptive pillars of truth and forgiveness. 

— KEVIN FEDARKO, AUTHOR OF THE EMERALD MILE: THE EPIC STORY OF THE FASTEST RIDE IN HISTORY THROUGH THE HEART OF THE GRAND CANYON

 

In Pure Land, just as the Colorado formed the Grand Canyon, Annette McGivney shows how landscape and the circumstances of geography, politics and history formed the lives of Randy Wescogame and Tomomi Hanamure as well as her own. With such incredible compassion, deep insight, and crafted language, McGivney shapes her stories as richly as the landscape has shaped their lives.

— NICOLE WALKER, AUTHOR OF EGG

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With unflinching courage, Annette McGivney investigates the deep shadows of tragic, cyclical abuse. But Pure Land is a healing journey. McGivney’s open-hearted compassion imbues dignity on even the most troubled of our species.

— ANN CUMMINS, AUTHOR OF YELLOWCAKE AND RED ANT HOUSE

 

 

McGivney does a masterful job weaving three life stories together making Pure Land a compelling saga that underscores the inestimable value of nurture and nature in shaping lives—for good and bad—and in the end, the incredible healing power of family love and wilderness.

— THOMAS MYERS, AUTHOR OF OVER THE EDGE: DEATH IN GRAND CANYON

 

 

Hike


 

With unflinching courage, Annette McGivney investigates the deep shadows of tragic, cyclical abuse. But Pure Land is a healing journey. McGivney’s open-hearted compassion imbues dignity on even the most troubled of our species.

— ANN CUMMINS, AUTHOR OF YELLOWCAKE AND RED ANT HOUSE

 

 

McGivney does a masterful job weaving three life stories together making Pure Land a compelling saga that underscores the inestimable value of nurture and nature in shaping lives—for good and bad—and in the end, the incredible healing power of family love and wilderness.

— THOMAS MYERS, AUTHOR OF OVER THE EDGE: DEATH IN GRAND CANYON

 

 

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