The Tent Peg


“But when Sisera fell asleep from exhaustion, Jael quietly crept up to him with a hammer and tent peg in her hand. Then she drove the tent peg through his temple and into the ground, and so he died.”
Judges 4:21



In The Tent Peg, award-winning novelist Aritha van Herk captures the mystical mood of the Arctic and the people who are drawn to it.

In this captivating story, a young woman disguises herself to get hired on as a cook to work in a uranium prospecting camp deep in the Yukon mountains. J.L. is on the run from an empty heart and is desperate for solitude. Yet solitude eludes her from the moment she hangs up her pots and pans in the cook tent, and the men in the camp begin to drift toward her, drawn by her grounded and reverent presence. These men are drifters, romantics and outcasts – men who have come to the North in search of answers for questions they can’t define.  J.L helps them awaken to beauty and mysteries of the landscape that they take for granted and would thoughtlessly despoil.



So many tent pegs….