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Glaciares (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Alexis M. Smith (Author), Mercedes Cebrián (Translator)

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Title:Glaciares
Authors:Alexis M. Smith (Author)
Other authors:Mercedes Cebrián (Translator)
Info:Barcelona : Alpha Decay
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Glaciers (A Tin House New Voice) by Alexis Smith (2012)

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Love the quiet, studied way that threads of the main character's story are woven in and out of past and present. Really real, and bittersweet knowledge of Life. ( )
  margaret.pinard | Jul 24, 2014 |
The publisher compared this to Woolf, Duras, and Rhys? I'm sure even their adolescent scribblings were more learned and erudite than Glaciers. This is not to say the book isn't well written: it definitely is, but it feels too uncertain of itself many times, and at many others it felt like reading an MFA student's final project. This is chick lit targeted to the young, fashionable, hipster librarian. ( )
  proustitute | Jul 17, 2014 |
The publisher compared this to Woolf, Duras, and Rhys? I'm sure even their adolescent scribblings were more learned and erudite than Glaciers. This is not to say the book isn't well written: it definitely is, but it feels too uncertain of itself many times, and at many others it felt like reading an MFA student's final project. This is chick lit targeted to the young, fashionable, hipster librarian. ( )
  proustitute | Jul 17, 2014 |
Have you ever been at a loss for words, and find yourself mindlessly humming a tune that seems to encapsulate every ounce of your sentiments? After finishing this book in one sitting, the only tune that comes to mind is Billy Joel's "She's Got a Way."

"She's got a light around her
And ev'rywhere she goes
A million dreams of love surround her ev'rywhere"

In a stream of consciousness narrative style, Smith takes us through a day in the life of Isabel, a singleton living in Portland, who repairs damaged books in the basement of a library. Living a quiet, predictable life, her longing is channeled into her love of thrift stores, vintage clothing, and personal ephemera. Cycling between present day, and her childhood on a homestead in Alaska, Smith uses sparse, beautiful language to convey Isabel's needs and fears. Something about this novel's quiet subtleness put me in mind of the film Lars and the Real Girl. You either get it or you don't.

"All these things tell a story, but is it hers? It has always been more than an aesthetic choice, holding on to the past; it’s a kind of mourning for the things that do not last. We do not last, she thinks. In the end, only the stories survive." ( )
  dreamydress48 | May 21, 2014 |
This book moved me deeply, but I don't yet understand why. It is beautifully written. ( )
  Mijk | Oct 11, 2013 |
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Isabel is a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, things cast off or left behind by others. Glaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.

Glaciers unfolds internally, the action shaped by Isabel’s sense of history, memory, and place, recalling the work of writers such as Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, and Virginia Woolf. For Isabel, the fleeting moments of one day can reveal an entire life. While she contemplates loss and the intricate fissures it creates in our lives, she accumulates the stories—the remnants—of those around her and she begins to tell her own story.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:00 -0400)

"Isabel is a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, things cast off or left behind by others. 'Glaciers' follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska."--from cover, p. [2]… (more)

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