Epicenter Press

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Epicenter Press, Washington and Alaska

Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis (Harper Perennial 1993, 2004, 2014...); over 2 million copies sold worldwide in 18 languages.


Based on an Athabascan legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.

Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin).

Coming Soon: A Japanese theatrical adaptation of Two Old Women by Velma Wallis will be presented Aug 4-6, 2023 at Uchisaiwaicho Hall, Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan.


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