by Sarah Stonich
Pub Date 18 Sep 2018
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Poignant portrayals of life on the edge in northern Minnesota border country, from the best-selling author of These Granite Islands and Vacationland
Bitter winters are nothing new in Hatchet Inlet, hard up against the ridge of the Laurentian Divide, but the advent of spring can’t thaw the community’s collective grief, lingering since a senseless tragedy the previous fall. What is different this year is what’s missing: Rauri Paar, the last private landowner in the Reserve, whose annual emergence from his remote iced-in islands marks the beginning of spring and the promise of a kinder season.
The town's residents gather at the local diner and, amid talk of spring weather, the latest gossip, roadkill, and the daily special, take bets on when Rauri will appear—or imagine what happened to him during the long and brutal winter. Retired union miner and widower Alpo Lahti is about to wed his charming and lively bride, Sissy Pavola, but, with Rauri unaccounted for, celebration seems premature. Alpo’s son Pete struggles to find his straight and narrow, then struggles to stay on it, and even Sissy might be having second thoughts.
Weaving in and out of each other’s reach, trying hard to do their best (all the while wondering what that might be), Stonich’s characters in all their sweetness and sorrow remind us once more of the inescapable lurches of the heart and unexpected turns of our human comedy.
"Hilarious, smart, moving and kind, Laurentian Divide is good for the soul, or anyway, it was good for mine." Richard Russo
“With a nimble hand and wry voice Sarah Stonich pilots this generous tale…incisive and musical, spiced with pungent observation, so that Laurentian Divide becomes the best sort of trip…”
Leif Enger, author of Peace Like a River and Virgil Wander
"Laurentian Divide is rich, funny, and overflowing with life—Sarah Stonich at the top of her powers.”
Will Weaver, author of Sweet Land
“There aren’t many writers on the planet who can take a reader’s heart apart and put it back together again with the sureness of Stonich, who does exactly that over and over again in Laurentian Divide, her best yet. Funny and wise in equal measure, here’s a novel for everyone. What a treasure.”
Peter Geye, author of Wintering