Minnesota Historical Society

The Darkest Evening

$ 11.95

An adventurous tale of one Finnish American family’s encounter with the “Red broom”

Set in the 1930s, The Darkest Evening chronicles the story of young Jake Maki, whose family moves to the Soviet Union when the socialist fervor washes over their Finnish mining community in Minnesota. But when Stalin’s secret police begin targeting Americans for arrest, Jake leads his family on a daring midwinter escape on cross-country skis, fleeing toward the Finnish border. Age Range: 8 and up. Grade Level: 3 and up.

  • By: William Durbin
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (2011)
  • ISBN: 978-0816675685
  • Format: Paperback, 248 pages, 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches

WILLIAM DURBIN is a former high school and college English teacher and the award-winning author of ten novels, including Wintering and The Broken Blade. He lives on Lake Vermilion at the edge of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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