Reviews

“You feel the landscape of Eastern Washington in nearly every chapter of this astonishingly assured debut novel from Heather Brittain Bergstrom… [an] affectionate and authentic-feeling tribute to the land and people of Moses Lake, the Colville Reservation, the early settlers and the tribes they displaced, and the author’s big-hearted passionate characters.” –Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

“Bergstrom reminds us that the landscape is more than just a scenic backdrop; it is also the thing that anchors us to our lives.” –Michelle Pulich Stewart, High Country News

“The sense of loyalty, the heartbreaking betrayal, and the tough decisions we make because of our love for others can be found throughout the story. I laughed, I swooned, I cried…” –Rather Be Reading

“Love, loss, religion, nature all swirl in this debut novel…I could not put it down.” –Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop

“It’s a love story, not only for characters Reuben and Emmy but for anyone who finds themselves missing the place they once ran away from.” –Diane Colson, Adult Books 4 Teens (SLJ)

“…a quiet and lovely gem of a book.” —Susan McCloskey, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Steal the North urges deep introspection. Bergstrom has crafted a story that resonates. The novel touches on questions of faith, family and love with true compassion. And Bergstrom bravely explores a difficult question: In a land burdened by a dark history, is there any beauty left to be discovered?” —Hope Reese, Chicago Tribune

“Bergstrom has delivered a debut novel with deep emotional ties, linking the reader to Emmy as she navigated her relationship with Reuben, struggled to understand her mother’s past and discovered her own identity. I ached for Emmy as I used up the last of my tissues, and I trust that anyone who embarks on this journey will do the same.” —Elisabeth Atwood, BookPage

“Bergstrom’s magnetic debut resonates on several levels, but first and foremost it is a poignant story of the love between two mismatched teens. The reader becomes involved in this thoroughly engaging first novel’s denouement because of how perceptively Bergstrom has drawn her central characters.” —Booklist, starred review

“The combination of emotional power and environmental and sociopolitical commentary might remind some readers of Barbara Kingsolver.” —Christine DeZelar-Tiedman, Library Journal

“Vocally graceful and fearlessly intimate, Steal the North, Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s remarkable debut novel, is a strikingly beautiful portrait of modern identity, faith, family, and love in all its forms.” –Book Passage

“Bergstrom, who grew up in eastern Washington…evokes the beauties of the landscape as well as the conflicts between its Native American and Christian populations. Steal the North introduces a large family of well-drawn characters, all seeking enduring ties.” —San Jose Mercury News, “Books by the Bay”

“It floors me that Steal the North is Bergstrom’s first novel. With a debut like this there’s no telling what the future holds – but I look forward to it! Steal the North was filled to the brim with emotion: heavy subjects like loss and race were handled with grace and the love coursing through these pages hit home.” —The Pretty Good Gatsby

“Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s novel is outstanding for its evocation of place… Readers want to escape suburban malls and housing developments for wide open spaces. In showing us rural Washington, Bergstrom captures hinterland communities everywhere.” —Ruth Latta, The Compulsive Reader

“The reader will cheer the ending, but long be haunted by the rawness of a family history laid bare and the courage of the very young.” ChicoER

“A heartrending exploration of longing, loyalty and love. With palpable sympathy, Bergstrom captures the rugged and desolate atmosphere of eastern Washington and the distinctive people who call that place home.”  —Christina Schwarz, bestselling author of Drowning Ruth and The Edge of the Earth

“Heather Brittain Bergstorm’s debut Steal the North is one of those rare novels that has everything. It’s about family, the ties that bind us no matter how hard we sometimes try to escape. It’s about love: between mothers and daughters, between sisters, between men and women–most memorably between a young Native American man and a white Californian girl, a Romeo and Juliet story on an eastern Washington reservation. Most of all, it has a rich sense of place, of how we find our homes in the soil, in our roots, in the places we’ve left and in other people. This is a resonant, powerfully moving novel.”
Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers

“A shimmering debut about the ties that bind, and the bonds that save us, especially when we least expect it. Shattering, romantic, and deeply profound, (and how many books can claim such adjectives?) Bergstrom’s novel lays a dazzlingly original claim to the unpredictable landscape of the human heart.”
Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You

“In Steal The North, Heather Brittain Bergstrom has written the kind of debut novel one longs to read—full of crooked fates, hopeful hearts, and the bitten courage it takes to thrive—a tale, ultimately, of redemption.”
Carol Edgarian, New York Times bestselling author of Three Stages of Amazement

“A sweeping debut novel of love and faith, tragedy and redemption, and above all, the meaning of home.  Bergstrom has captured the spirit of the American west as well as the complicated ties between mothers and daughters, between sisters, and especially the all-consuming bond of first love.  Unforgettable.”
Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House

“Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s visceral first novel, a story of love too powerful to die, haunts me.  Steal the North stole my heart.”
Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen Women

“Steal the North is out to steal our hearts.   An intimate look at the struggles of love and hard choices: whether to run away or face life full on.  Bergstrom allows us to see both sides of big choices—following one’s heritage, religion, family, true love, or breaking away to find one’s own path.”
Sarah Willis, author of Some Things That Stay

“Nothing short of magical. A chorus of beguiling voices gifts us both a swoon-worthy story of first love, and a smart, addictive family drama. Bergstrom’s considerable talent is evident in every page, every line.”
Samuel Park, author of This Burns My Heart

“In Steal the North, Heather Brittain Bergstrom has created a richly detailed, emotionally intricate love story set in the windswept scablands of Eastern Washington. Steeped in the myth of the land and the lore of family, and exploring questions of love and faith, this novel is sexy, raw, and heartbreaking.”
Keija Parssinen, author of The Ruins of Us