Glaciers by Alexis Smith
(A Tin House New Voice)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 7 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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.
 

About Alexis Smith

See more books from this Author
Alexis M. Smith grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, and Seattle, Washington. She received an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. She has written for Tarpaulin Sky and powells.com. She has a son and two cats, and they all live together in a little apartment in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Tin House Books. 178 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Glaciers

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Isabel’s love of books leads her to get a job at the library, where she falls for co-worker “Spoke,” an Iraq war veteran whose sudden re-enlistment casts a long shadow, turning Isabel introspective at the festive party she’d planned to attend with him: “Spoke is already halfway across t...

Nov 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Glaciers (A Tin House New Voice)

Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family wp.me/p2DwkQ-cmT http://t.co/FN0NuUFC Alexis Smith’s slender debut novel follows her heroine, Isabel, through a day in her...

Dec 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Glaciers (A Tin House New Voice)

Chamber Four

Like I know it’s a date, or more casual, like it’s just a thing we could do, as two friendly coworkers?’” She’s almost thirty years old, and it’s sad enough she acts like a teenager who saw a cute boy at the mall.

Aug 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Glaciers (A Tin House New Voice)

Bookshelf Bombshells

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...

May 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Glaciers (A Tin House New Voice)

Full Stop

As a child, Isabel’s collection of old photographs, salvaged from a thrift shop, moved with her from city to city as she coped with her parents divorce: The people in the photographs came to mean as much to her as her own relatives.

Feb 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Glaciers (A Tin House New Voice)

Willamette Week

The plot moves linearly through a day in Isabel’s life of working in her basement office at the library, strolling downtown streets, daydreaming of distant places, and lusting after her co-worker, Spoke (yes, the nickname is a bicycle reference).

Jan 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Glaciers (A Tin House New Voice)

Side B Magazine

The present-day and memory sections are told in the same charming and gentle prose, but without Smith’s inclusion of the memories Isabel sounds almost too cute to be real.

Feb 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Glaciers (A Tin House New Voice)

Reader Rating for Glaciers
80%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 59 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×