South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

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A debut novel full of heart, in which love, friendship, and charity teach a young woman to live a bigger life.

When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change.

Charged with caring for an aging family friend, Madeline finds herself in the middle of beautiful nowhere with Gladys and Arbutus, two octogenarian sisters-one sharp and stubborn, the other sweeter than sunshine. As Madeline begins to experience the ways of the small, tight-knit town, she is drawn into the lives and dramas of its residents. It's a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but friendship, community, and compassion run deeper. As the story hurtles along-featuring a lost child, a dashed love, a car accident, a wedding, a fire, and a romantic reunion-Gladys, Arbutus, and the rest of the town teach Madeline more about life, love, and goodwill than she's learned in a lifetime.

A heartwarming novel, South of Superior explores the deep reward in caring for others, and shows how one who is poor in pocket can be rich in so many other ways, and how little it often takes to make someone happy.

About Ellen Airgood

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ELLEN AIRGOOD runs a diner in Grand Marais, Michigan. This is her first novel
Published June 9, 2011 by Riverhead Books. 382 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Madeline’s druggie young mother abandoned her illegitimate baby, Joe could have taken the child in, but he refused, and Madeline was brought up by a kind stranger whose long, recently concluded battle with cancer has equipped her for taking care of the elderly.

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In Airgood's charming yet uninspired debut, Madeline Stone takes a job caring for Gladys Hansen, the final companion of the grandfather she never knew, and Gladys's ailing sister in McAllaster, Mich.

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BC Books

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The novel, though, started rather slow for me, and it took me until the middle of the book for me to finally recognize the feel of the setting and the characters.

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I do watch a good number of travel documentary shows that give me a quick introduction to various lands I've never thought existed, but reading books with stories that set place in such places draw me in to that particular place, imagining myself being in that setting and experiencing the scenery...

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A sweet debut novel about discovering one's roots and thriving in an unexpected place, despite hardship and stacked odds.

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Jackson District Library

Gladys invited Madeline to come up north, thinking it an opportunity to make up for the guilt of years when her companion, Joe, ignored his grandaughter Madeline.

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