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If the ice had held

Author: Wendy J Fox
Publisher: Santa Fe, NM : Santa Fe Writers Project, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Melanie Henderson's life is a lie. The scandal of her birth and the identity of her true parents is kept from her family's small, conservative Colorado town. Not even she knows the truth: that her birth mother was just fourteen and unmarried to her father, a local boy who drowns when he tries to take a shortcut across an icy river. Thirty-five years later, in Denver, Melanie dabbles in affairs with married men  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fox, Wendy J.
If the ice had held.
Santa Fe, NM : Santa Fe Writers Project, [2019]
(DLC) 2018034201
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy J Fox
ISBN: 9781939650917 1939650917
OCLC Number: 1045640090
Description: 247 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Wendy J. Fox.

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"Melanie Henderson's life is a lie. The scandal of her birth and the identity of her true parents is kept from her family's small, conservative Colorado town. Not even she knows the truth: that her birth mother was just fourteen and unmarried to her father, a local boy who drowns when he tries to take a shortcut across an icy river. Thirty-five years later, in Denver, Melanie dabbles in affairs with married men while clinging to a corporate job that gives her life order even as her tenuous relationships fall apart. She still hasn't learned that the woman who raised her is actually her aunt - or that her birth mother visits her almost every day. This fiercely-guarded secret bonds the two most important women in her life, who hatched a plan to trade places and give Melanie a life unmarred by the shame of her birth. Yet, as a forest fire rages through the Rocky Mountains and a car accident shakes the family, Melanie finds herself at the center of an unraveling tangle of tragedy and heartbreak. If the Ice Had Held speaks with a natural lyricism, and presents a cast of characters who quietly struggle through complicated lives. Selected by Benjamin Percy as the grand prize winner of the 2017 SFWP Literary Awards Program"--

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