Nine Below Zero: A Novel

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Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1999 - Fiction - 371 pages
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Driving alone down a snowy Montana road at dawn, Marvin Deernose, a Native American carpenter and recovering drug addict, spots a car wreck. Inside, Senator Henry Neihart has suffered a stroke; the man Marvin rescues is now a husk of his former, commanding self. Within hours, Henry's granddaughter Justine speeds to Henry's side, escaping Oregon, memories of her child killed in a car accident, and a crumbling marriage. Released from the hospital, Henry returns to his palatial home and, through Justine, extends an invitation in gratitude to Marvin. Justine and Marvin discover an immediate attraction for each other, and a passionate affair ignites between these two disaffected souls.

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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

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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


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Kevin Canty lives in Montana.

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