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 the woods. Stephen, a pastor, is at home on the eve of his mother's funeral, 30 years after the mythic summer his grandfather returned to the town in search of his beloved but long-dead wife. And like his grandfather, Stephen is forced to confront the losses of his past. Touch introduces you to a world where monsters and witches oppose singing dogs and golden caribou, where the living and the dead part and meet again in the crippling beauty of winter and the surreal haze of summer.
"Zentner's elegant prose keeps the story buoyant." (Publishers Weekly)
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The magic, the setting, and the ever-so-real yet very unusual family of characters.
The touch of magic realism in the Canadian back woods--this is something that hasn't been done before! And it's not as in-your-face magic and supernatural as Charlaine Harris, Twilight, and all the wanna-be authors. Dare I say it's as refreshing as the literary magician of our time--J.K. Rowling?
I don't want to spoil it, but when they spared the dog during a long winter and found a better source of sustenance for their canine and themselves.
Winter magic in the north woods.
- Colleen C. Obrien