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Isabel is a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, things cast off or left behind by others. Glaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.
Glaciers unfolds internally, the action shaped by Isabel’s sense of history, memory, and place, recalling the work of writers such as Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, and Virginia Woolf. For Isabel, the fleeting moments of one day can reveal an entire life. While she contemplates loss and the intricate fissures it creates in our lives, she accumulates the storiesthe remnantsof those around her and she begins to tell her own story.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I enjoyed the short story, which is really all it is. 115 pages, finished in a few hours. Not worth the money for such a short read.
Glaciers by Alexis Smith - a fantastic book
yes, it is brief, but it's brief as in "no! not OVER!" when you have finished. it takes longer to read than you'd think; I had to stop every page or so and just absorb the words she's put together. it seemed to me that there was something on almost every page to make my heart react, so I just took my time and enjoyed it. it's wonderfully well written and NOT precious or snarky or any of that modern overused crap. it's real. just real, put to excellent words. try it.