Diane Les Becquets

Some women are born wild. Some are made.

Breaking Wild is the debut adult novel by Diane Les Becquets from Berkley Books (Penguin Random House).  In this suspense book, a woman hunter finds a fights for survival in the wilderness.

About Season of Ice

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“Les Becquets distills this nightmare with eloquent restraint.”
–The Washington Post

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.

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Praise For 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)

“. . . the action is thrilling, especially when Gen speeds through the ice and fog in a snowmobile and drives a truck up lonely dangerous hills, searching for closure and for a sense of her own true self.”

“This well written, thought-provoking novel will ring true even for those who have not lost someone close. It is a soul searching quest that makes readers think about what is important and the steps needed to take charge of one’s life. A worthwhile purchase for most collections.”
Library Journal

“Gen’s first-person account is harrowing. . . . readers will keep hoping along with Gen that her family will make it through their trauma.”
Horn Book

“The brutal realities of a Maine winter offer a vivid backdrop for this powerful, beautifully written novel of coming of age, and dealing with tragedy.” 
Buffalo News

“Les Becquets expertly crafts her tale; her narrative is as crisp and invigorating as a winter’s day. No wonder she’s touted as a ‘writer to watch’ by Publisher’s Weekly.”
New Hampshire Magazine

“The exterior world of ice and snow matches the interior of Genesis’s struggle. She is frozen in uncertainty, waiting for the thaw – and the author does an excellent job of meshing the two. ”
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