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Glaciers by [Smith, Alexis M.]
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Glaciers Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Review

 "Glaciers, Alexis Smith's brilliant debut novel, is filled with kaleidoscopic pleasures. Using prose as clear as pure, cold air, Smith moves the narrative vertically as well as horizontally, each ticking minute yielding more insights into a young woman's life revealed over one single day. The past, present, and imaginary future stream into beautifully unstable geometries: Isabel's childhood snows from her youth in Alaska are juxtaposed against her adult trip to a vintage thrift store; her hopes for an evening party push against the echoes of war that haunt a young soldier whom she loves. Line by line, in and out of time, this is a haunted, joyful, beautiful book--a true gift."

(Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!)

"An Alaska childhood and dreams of faraway cities such as Amsterdam inform Alexis M. Smith's Glaciers, a delicate debut novel set in Portland, Oregon - "a slick fog of a city - drenched in itself" - that reveals in short, memory-soaked postcards of prose a day in the life of twentysomething library worker Isabel." 

(Elle)

"Glaciers is a carefully precise and beautiful meditation on one young woman's restless heart. It resonates like a haunting postcard from someone else's life." 

(Kevin Sampsell, author of A Common Pornography)

 "The prose reads smooth like running water." 

(The Rumpus)

 "A delicate and piercing first novel. Glaciers is like a vintage dress: charming, understated and glinting with memories of loneliness and love."

(Jane Mendelsohn, author of I was Amelia Earhart and American Music)

"I cannot easily remember the last time I've been so deeply moved as in this quiet treasure." 

(Douglas A. Martin, author of Once You Go Back)

"The prose is wistful yet crystal-cut in a way that makes the internal monologues and thoughts sparkle." 

(Side B Magazine)

"A quietly powerful fairy tale. Smith's voice, patient and understated and precise captures the poetry of loss and longing." Cara Hoffman, author of So Much Pretty 



"You can think of this book as functioning as vintage postcards do: fascinating images coupled with intriguing messages that suggest a much longer and deeper story than their relatively few words convey."

(Under the Covers)

"This weaving together of the personal, the sentimental, the environmental, and the trivial gives Smith's unassuming first novel surprising emotional weight."  

(The Portland Mercury)

 "A spare, beautifully written first novel." 

(Library Journal)

"Smith's debut unspools in delicate links of linear thought ... Lyrical and luminous."

(Publishers Weekly, Starred Review and Pick of the Week)

‘Written lovingly; each sentence is like a brush stroke’

(Cecilia Ahern Irish Independent, Books of the Year)

"An engaging story, beautiful writing, and memorable characters … it's wholly unique, a hidden gem."

(Huffington Post)

Review

‘A delicate debut novel ... that reveals in short, memory-soaked postcards of prose a day in the life of twentysomething library worker Isabel.’—Lisa Shea, ELLE ‘Glaciers, Alexis Smith’s brilliant debut novel, is filled with kaleidoscopic pleasures . . . Line by line, in and out of time, this is a haunted, joyful, beautiful book--a true gift.’—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

“Line by line, in and out of time, this is a haunted, joyful, beautiful book--a true gift."
Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!


“An Alaska childhood and dreams of faraway cities such as Amsterdam inform Alexis M. Smith’s Glaciers, a delicate debut novel set in Portland, Oregon—“a slick fog of a city…drenched in itself”—that reveals in short, memory-soaked postcards of prose a day in the life of twentysomething library worker Isabel.”
ELLE

“Glaciers is a carefully precise and beautiful meditation on one young woman’s restless heart. It resonates like a haunting postcard from someone else’s life.”
Kevin Sampsell, author of A Common Pornography

“The prose reads smooth like running water.”
The Rumpus

“A delicate and piercing first novel. Glaciers is like a vintage dress: charming, understated and glinting with memories of loneliness and love.”
Jane Mendelsohn, author of I was Amelia Earhart and American Music

“I cannot easily remember the last time I've been so deeply moved as in this quiet treasure.”
Douglas A. Martin, author of Once You Go Back

“The prose is wistful yet crystal-cut in a way that makes the internal monologues and thoughts sparkle.”
Side B Magazine

“A quietly powerful fairy tale. Smith's voice, patient and understated and precise captures the poetry of loss and longing.”
Cara Hoffman, author of So Much Pretty

“You can think of this book as functioning as vintage postcards do: fascinating images coupled with intriguing messages that suggest a much longer and deeper story than their relatively few words convey.”
Under the Covers

“A tiny delight.”
Schietree

"Glaciers, Alexis Smith’s brilliant debut novel, is filled with kaleidoscopic pleasures. Using prose as clear as pure, cold air, Smith moves the narrative vertically as well as horizontally, each ticking minute yielding more insights into a young woman’s life revealed over one single day. The past, present, and imaginary future stream into beautifully unstable geometries: Isabel's childhood snows from her youth in Alaska are juxtaposed against her adult trip to a vintage thrift store; her hopes for an evening party push against the echoes of war that haunt a young soldier whom she loves. Line by line, in and out of time, this is a haunted, joyful, beautiful book--a true gift."
Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

“A spare, beautifully written first novel.”
Library Journal

“This weaving together of the personal, the sentimental, the environmental, and the trivial gives Smith's unassuming first novel surprising emotional weight.”
The Portland Mercury

“In short novels like this one, every word has added resonances, and Smith has taken careful measure of every passage, testing each line for symbolic effect.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Take advantage of a lazy morning or afternoon and read this delightful debut novel.”
Northwest Book Lovers

“Smith’s debut unspools in delicate links of linear thought . . . Lyrical and luminous.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review and Pick of the Week

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 317 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178074322X
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (5 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQAEU4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #747,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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