On Sale: January 18, 2011
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A noir novel rooted in a world of profound violence and
regret, Caribou Island is an exploration of marriage and
exile set against the interminable restlessness of Alaska's
On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai
Peninsula, Gary and Irene's marriage is unraveling. Alone
now that the children are grown, Gary, driven by thirty
years of diverted plans, is determined to build from scratch
the cabin he has always wanted, believing it will recapture
what once drew him to Alaska. Irene knows better. She
suspects that the cabin is Gary's first step to leaving her.
Soon they are hauling logs out to Caribou Island in good
weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health.
But setbacks begin to create chinks in Gary's half-baked
design, while Irene is stricken with mysterious headaches
and troubling flashes of her tragic past. With each trip to
the island their desperation escalates, and when winter
comes early, the punishing desolation of the prehistoric
wilderness will threaten to push Irene and Gary to the edge
and end a marriage sustained by pain and rage that has been
simmering for years.
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