Winner of a prestigious PEN American fellowship and the Lupine Award by the Maine Library Association, SEASON OF ICE tells the story of Genesis, whose father ventures out on Moosehead Lake in northern Maine in late fall and never returns. When the lake freezes over, so do the lives and hopes of Genesis and her family. With no body, and no hope of finding one until the ice thaws, the family is denied access to insurance money, and a period of insufferable waiting begins. As the long winter drags on, rumors of a faked death and an extra-marital affair surface. Genesis takes on her own search for the truth about her father...and in the process, discovers the woman she is fast becoming. Taut and darkly compelling, Season Of Ice perfectly captures the intensity of a young woman bracing for truth, inadvertently finding love, and waiting for answers that only the thaw will bring.
Season of Ice
“Well-written and evocative…draws the reader into a starkly beautiful landscape the author knows well.”
— The PEN American, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Award Committee
“Les Becquets has a gift for placing readers amidst the people and terrain of the region. Sports enthusiasts will be intrigued by Gen’s ice-car racing, based on real life teenaged racer Nikki Hamilton.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“. . . Genesis is a character of tremendous strength. It’s a tender story of a tough, smart, loving girl who finds she can rise to the challenge of what she’s lost because of what she’s gained. Readers will understand her and admire her, and find her difficult indeed to forget.”
— BCCB (starred)