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December 5, 2013

UAA Professor Don Rearden’s novel lauded with end-of-the-year accolades from The Washington Post

Don Rearden is a professor in the UAA Community & Technical College.

Don Rearden is the author of the award-winning novel
"The Raven's Gift."
What do Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Thomas Pynchon all have in common? Their latest releases all made it onto The Washington Post's "Notable Fiction of 2013" list, along with "The Raven’s Gift" by UAA Professor (and ’05 M.F.A. alumnus) Don Rearden. Although Rearden’s debut novel was released a few years ago, it recently received a wider distribution deal, helping it gain more widespread recognition and praise.

In the top-50 list, The Washington Post editors ask, "Why did no help arrive when everyone began to die? Something inconceivably dreadful has happened in remote Alaska, where a young, married couple has come to teach native children–but what? Rearden, a master of the cliffhanger, shifts between the blighted present and the happy past."

For more on Rearden, check out his “I Am UAA” profile or website. For more holiday break reading suggestions, click over to The Washington Post's website.

This story originally appeared in Green & Gold News on Nov. 26, 2013.