by Dianah, July 10, 2012 5:10 PM
Alexis Smith's diminutive novella lies somewhere between poetry and prose. So lyrical and so delicate, Glaciers slowly unspools as we follow Isabel on a routine day. Her inner life is rich and minutely detailed, and even though she is alone, her world seems full and ripe. On this day she reflects on her childhood in Alaska, the divorce of her parents, her unrequited love for an ex-soldier, and the beautiful vintage ephemera to which she is so drawn. This book is deceptively simple and small, and at the same time so deeply felt. Smith wields her pen with subtlety and skill and produces a story with a heart as big as a glacier.