Glaciers

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Tin House Books, Jan 17, 2012 - Fiction - 112 pages
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Glaciers unfolds internally, recalling the work of writers such as Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, and Virginia Woolf, and portrays how the fleeting moments of one day can reveal an entire life.

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 stories—the remnants—of those around her and she begins to tell her own story.
 

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This slight novel — really more of a novella — is the debut work by Alexis Smith. It's set entirely in the course of one day in the life of Isabella, an overly serious young woman who has a strong ... Read full review

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This was a quick read but most of the stories left me wanting more from the author. But I like fiction with just the right amount of detail. Leave the blanks for me to fill. That being said a few of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
15
Section 3
21
Section 4
27
Section 5
35
Section 6
39
Section 7
49
Section 8
61
Section 13
97
Section 14
107
Section 15
115
Section 16
121
Section 17
129
Section 18
135
Section 19
145
Section 20
149

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
75
Section 12
83
Section 21
153
Section 22
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About the author (2012)

Alexis M. Smith grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, and Seattle, Washington. She received an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. She has written for Tarpaulin Sky and powells.com. She has a son and two cats, and they all live together in a little apartment in Portland, Oregon.

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