Nine Below Zero: A Novel
From the acclaimed author of A Stranger in this World and Into the Great Wide Open comes a novel that explores reckless love and penetrates the unrelenting winter landscape of the American West.
Marvin Deernose, a Native American carpenter and recovering alcoholic, has just returned to his Montana hometown with hopes of finding a new start. Early one snowy morning, Marvin notices an overturned Cadillac down an embankment. After rescuing the elderly Senator Henry Neihart, who has just suffered a stroke, Marvin is invited to the Senator's estate where he is immediately drawn to Justine Gallego, the Senator's wayward, unhappily married granddaughter. As these tarnished souls recognize their profound, shared attraction, they dive headlong into a dangerous and intense affair that forever alters the course of their lives.
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through the old house, room after room crowded with lights and people and all
the chitter-chatter talk talk talking and all too fast for him to understand! He's
looking for a quiet place. He needs to sit alone for a while and collect himself,
anyway but they shouldn't, I'm not worth it, I'm not kind and I don't feel real love
anyway, I don't know what love is, I'm loveblind the way some people are color-
blind, tone deaf, I don't know what other people are talking about when they talk ...
Henry stirred in his sleep and she jumped, startled. Her nerves were sanded,
naked and raw after days of sleeplessness. “The blue,” he said. And she said “
What?” but he wouldn't talk anymore. He had not been talking to her in the first
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NINE BELOW ZEROUser Review - Kirkus
In Canty's fiction (Into the Great Wide Open, 1996; A Stranger in This World, 1994), the irrational has a way of winning out. His tough, resilient, often bitter characters know better, but at life's ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hdileo - LibraryThing
This was hugely disappointing, especially since Winslow in Love is the best book I've read this year. Too much was taken for granted. The characters are said to love and hate and resent one another ... Read full review