Cold Spell

Cold Spell

by Deb Vanasse
Cold Spell

Cold Spell

by Deb Vanasse



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Torn from a magazine, a photo of a glacier ignites an obsession in Ruth, a self-sacrificing Midwestern mother. Her fascination with ice culminates in an impulsive decision to make a fresh start by moving her family to Alaska with her new boyfriend, Kenny. This rash plan horrifies sixteen-year-old Sylvie, who hides a secret attraction to Kenny.

The realities of the wilderness and tensions within the tiny Alaskan community of Resurrection Valley test Ruth's resolve. As Kenny's attention shifts to baiting bears and building an eight-wheeled all-terrain vehicle, she feels diminished, and no matter how she tries to conform, she can't please Kenny's strong-willed, religious mother. Ruth also worries over Sylvie, who spends hours staring at the ice, and ten-year-old Anna, who shows a little too much enthusiasm for becoming a Glory Girl at Lena's church.

As their individual longings braid and cross, the exposed secrets of mother and daughter test their love. In precise and evocative prose, Cold Spell tells the parallel stories of a mother who risks everything to start over and a daughter whose longings threaten to undo them.

"Grabs you from the opening line and never lets go" ~ Publishers Weekly

"Vanasse is talented: she can turn ordinary words into the sublime...Readers who enjoy richly drawn characters trying to make sense of their surroundings will enjoy this cool and refreshing, yet haunting, glimpse of flawed souls." ~ Foreword Reviews

"Captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds." ~ Booklist

"Cold Spell is Greek tragedy. From the very first pages, these lives are out of control. You'll care for Sylvie, and also her mother Ruth, and you'll want them not to hurt each other, but of course they will." ~ David Vann, author of Legend of a Suicide and Goat Mountain

"In subtle, careful prose, Vanasse explores what lures the so-called newbie to Alaska--from the myth to the very real magic of the wild--and, at the same time, creates a sensitive portrait of a family on the verge of falling apart. Poignant and compelling." ~ Leigh Newman, author of Still Points North

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149801015
Publisher: Running Fox Books
Publication date: 07/23/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

At age twenty-one, Deb Vanasse was dropped by a bush pilot on a gravel runway in middle of the Alaska wilderness. No roads, no houses, no cars, no people—only a winding brown slough and tundra spread flat as the prairie. She had come not for adventure but to live, an isolating but enriching experience that inspired this novel. Between her mountain home and a glacier-based cabin, she continues to enjoy Alaska’s wild places. The author of more than a dozen books for readers of all ages, she is co-founder of the 49 Alaska Writing Center.
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