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Latitudes of Melt

Joan Clark

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ISBN 10: 156947267X / ISBN 13: 9781569472675
Published by Soho Press, 2002
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Latitudes of Melt

Publisher: Soho Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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When a fisherman discovers an ethereal infant floating on an ice floe in the North Atlantic in 1912, the residents of the poor Newfoundland fishing village of Drook believe that the infant with the white hair and eyes of different colors, now named Aurora, is charmed, but it is not until she is an old woman that the truth of her origins--and of her children's variant temperments--is finally revealed.

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“Joan Clark evokes the profound sense of place we associate with the best Canadian writing. Her writing exudes the salty, fishy, bracing air of Newfoundland.... Absorbing and thick with rich and sustaining as a figgy duff.” — The Gazette (Montreal)

“The Titanic looms large, but family dynamics in outport Newfoundland is Joan Clark’s real subject. Fictionally evoking vanished communities and a disappearing way of life can’t restore them. But it can keep their memory — and their value — alive. Joan Clark accomplishes that and more in this skillful blend of family saga and historical epic.” — The Toronto Star

“[ Latitudes of Melt has] wonderful moments of clarity and transcendence, but never loses sight of what an ordinary life is.” —Carol Shields

Latitudes of Melt is rife with ethereal, transcendent imagery and writing…This book has the making of myth: huge landscapes, big events, the quest for family connection.” —Moira Dann, Globe and Mail, 18 November 2000

"This magical tale of a baby found floating on an ice pan ... will arouse the spirit and inflame the imagination.... A delicious brew of fiction and fantasy based in Newfoundland." — Sunday Telegram (St. John's)

" Latitudes of Melt is an epic novel, about one woman's mythic origins, about communities that divide and shift under the weight of time, and about the mysteries and constellations within the ice. A rewarding tale." —Peter Oliva

"A whimsical, lyrical novel from a writer who knows Newfoundland well and conjures it with grace." —Wayne Johnston

“Much of the novel’s unique beauty derives from defying classification. Equal parts mystery, history, geography, tall tale, reminiscence and myth, it’s perhaps most accurately called a love story… Latitudes of Melt is her finest achievement to date.” —Robert Reid, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 4 November 2000

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