On a cold January morning, Susan leaves her husband alone for a few minutes and returns to find him gone. He has Alzheimer’s disease, and he has wandered alone into a frigid landscape with no sense of home or direction.
The massive search for her husband brings Susan together with Jeff, a search-and-rescue expert and social worker preoccupied with his young wife’s betrayal. In Jeff’s care is Corey, a young boy rendered mute and abandoned by his family after setting a fire in which his older brother was killed.
As the temperature drops and the search-and-rescue effort builds toward a startling climax, each of the three reflects on their life choices as they struggle with haunting and persistent questions: How am I responsible? What more could I have done?
“The unending toll of bereavement and trauma contrasts with a glimmer of hope brought by the characters’ newfound connection in this stark and moving novel.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Here is a virtuoso novel which manages to be both a nail-biting page-turner and a lyrical meditation on fate and longing…the type of book you'll want to press into the hands of everyone you know.” (Rebecca Godfrey, author of Under the Bridge)
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