AFTERLANDS by Steven Heighton


It is 1871. Nineteen men, women, and children, hailing from the United States, Germany, Denmark, England, and Sweden, and including two Inuit families, set out on Arctic explorer USS Polaris. But their voyage soon goes wrong. The ship founders, leaving its passengers adrift on an ice floe and, ultimately, stranded alone in the Arctic for six harrowing months.

Based on an incredible true story, Afterlands envisions in vivid detail both the life-and-death challenges of the harsh landscape and the violent human threats of nationalism, ethnicity, rivalries, suspicion, hunger, and love. Weaving together fiction and history, and drawing on the writings of one of the passengers on the actual journey, Lt. George Tyson, Steven Heighton’s “beautifully written” novel explores the shattering emotional and psychological consequences faced by those who survived (The Washington Post).

ISBN: 9780618139347

Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Company

406 Pages

Publication Date:  2005

Size 8.5 x 6 x 1.5 inches