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Cold earth

Author: Sarah Moss
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A team of six archaeologists from the United States, England, and Scotland assembles at the beginning of the Arctic summer to unearth traces of the lost Viking settlements in Greenland. But as they sink into uneasy domesticity, there is news of an epidemic back home, and their communications with the outside world fall away. Facing a Greenland winter for which they are hopelessly ill-equipped, Nina, Ruth, Catriona,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Epistolary fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Moss
ISBN: 9781582435794 1582435790
OCLC Number: 436619991
Description: 280 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Sarah Moss.

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A team of six archaeologists from the United States, England, and Scotland assembles at the beginning of the Arctic summer to unearth traces of the lost Viking settlements in Greenland. But as they sink into uneasy domesticity, there is news of an epidemic back home, and their communications with the outside world fall away. Facing a Greenland winter for which they are hopelessly ill-equipped, Nina, Ruth, Catriona, Jim, Ben, and Yianni, knowing that their missives may never reach their loved ones, write final letters home. These letters make up the narrative of Cold Earth, with each section of the book comprised of one character's first-person perspective in letter form. In this exceptional and haunting debut novel, Moss weaves a rich tapestry of personal narrative, history, love, grief, and naked survival. Cold Earth is both a heart-pounding thriller and a highly sophisticated novel of ideas.

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