Winner, 2015 Willa Cather Literary Award for Fiction

"Pulls you in" -Alan Cheuse, NPR, All Things Considered

​"A strikingly vivid debut novel." -Oprah Magazine

"Anyone who has been struck by the sharp beauty of Alaska  will love this adventure story." - Alaska Magazine 

Prior to completing her MFA in creative writing from Naropa University, Rachel Weaver worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying songbirds, raptors, and black bears.  Rachel's fiction was chosen to represent Naropa University in 2006, 2007, and 2008 in the Harcourt Brace Best New Voices in American Fiction contest. In 2006, she was awarded the Katie O'Brien Scholarship for Fiction and in 2009, Rachel was awarded  honorary mention in the New Millennium Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Blue Mesa Review, Alaska Women Speak and Fly Fishing New England. Rachel is on faculty at Regis University's low residency MFA program and at Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver. Point of Direction is her first novel. 

#2 Bestseller, Denver Post

Chosen by the               American Booksellers Association as one of the Top Ten Debuts

of spring 2014

Chosen By Indie Bound as an Indie Next Pick

Named to Yoga Magazine's Top Five Summer Reading List, July 2014 

"Weaver’s debut novel about two damaged people who withhold much of themselves despite their love for each other had me hooked from the very start, as did the appeal of the remote Alaskan landscape which serves as a compelling character in its own right.  Anna and Kyle are two fiercely independent souls hiding huge secrets from each other even as they decide to take a nine-month lease on a lighthouse on Hibler Rock, miles from the coast of Alaska. The last caretaker disappeared over twenty years ago, and this mystery is evenly woven into the discoveries these two make about themselves and their futures.  Readers will find Point of Direction impossible to put down, as they follow the secrets of Anna and Kyle’s lives, their adventures on Hibler Rock, and the roads each of them take toward recovery." -Terry Louchheim Gilman, owner of Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego, CA

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Point of Direction

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Point of Direction named to Oprah Magazine's List of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now, May 2014