"A sublime haunting, a ripping yarn, and a killer debut."—J. Robert Lennon
In Sawgamet, a north woods boomtown gone bust, the cold of winter breaks the glass of the schoolhouse thermometer, and the dangers of working in the cuts are overshadowed by the mysteries and magic lurking in... read more
“At night, he told us stories about his father, how Jeannot found gold and settled Sawgamet, and then the long winter that followed the bust. He told us about the qallupilluit and Amaguq, the trickster wolf god, about the loup-garou and the blood-drinking adlet, about all the monsters and witches of the woods. He told us about the other kinds of magic that he stumbled across in the cuts, how the sawdust grew wings and flew down men's shirts like mosquitoes, how one tree picked itself up and walked away from the sharp teeth of the saw. He told us about splitting open a log to find a fairy kingdom, about clearing an entire forest with one swing of his ax, about the family of trees he had found twisted together, pushing toward the sky, braided in love.”
“When he came into the clearing there was a sudden stillness, a break in the snow. The house stood before him, glowing so brightly that for a moment he thought it was on fire. In each of the windows that he and Martine had purchased so dearly and had shipped to Sawgamet, Rebecca had placed an oil lantern, and it appeared as though she had lit every candle in the house. On another day, perhaps, Jeannot would have stopped to take in the burning brilliance of the house like a beacon in the snow, like standing in the midst of salvation, but with Martine in his arms, Jeannot did not pause. He burst through the door and ran into the house, not even acknowledging Franklin, who sat beside Rebecca on the settee. He carried my grandmother up the stairs, stripped off her clothes, and then slipped naked into bed beneath the covers with her, his body a torch to reignite her.”
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