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Cold Spell

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From the moment Ruth Sanders rips the glossy photo of a glacier from a magazine, she believes herself fated by ice. Her fascination bewilders sixteen-year-old Sylvie, unsettled already by her father’s leaving. When Ruth’s obsession grows to encompass a man, she uproots Sylvie and her sister from their small Midwestern town to follow him to Alaska. At the glacier, she and Sylvie tangle with wilderness, religion, a divided community, and one another. 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 30, 2014 – This lyrically written coming-of-age story from Vanasse (A Distant Enemy) grabs you from the opening line and never lets go: "I am a poem, Sylvie once thought, swollen like a springtime river, light swirled in dark, music and memory." Coming from a broken home, 16-year-old Sylvie is just finding her equilibrium at high school in Pine Lake, Minn., when her mother, Ruth, decides to move the family comprising Sylvie and her younger sister, Anne to the Alaskan hinterlands. Ruth's new boyfriend, Kenny, is located in the area, but more importantly, so is the glacier with which she has become mysteriously fascinated. Although Sylvie longs for home and for her absent father, she discovers that this lonely section of the country is populated with a diverse, big-hearted bunch, including Kenny's no-nonsense mother, Lena, and the hands-on, super-friendly Tommy. Sylvie also starts a tentative relationship with a boy her own age, the vulnerable Brody, whose mother is dying of cancer. This is also the story of Ruth, who must confront her own demons and come to grips with her failed marriage. In the stirring finale, Sylvie commits a rebellious yet redemptive act that perfectly encapsulates one remarkable young woman's passage into adulthood.
Cold Spell
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jul 11, 2014
  • Publisher: Running Fox Books
  • Seller: BookBaby
  • Print Length: 217 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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