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Tin House Bookclub in a Box: Alexis Smith’s Glaciers

We are launching Glaciers Bookclub in a box! Grab your best pals, cozy up with a cup of Earl Grey (Isabel’s favorite), and chat with Glaciers author, Alexis Smith, on Skype.

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.

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  1. […] tea, a button and antique postcards (these extras are also available to readers in Tin House’s Bookclub in a Box, which also includes a Skype meeting with the author). Glaciers was later chosen as one of the […]

  2. […] here is something more interesting to the “average” book group:  the literary magazine Tin House Bookclub in a Box for $100, which includes “five or ten copies of Alexis Smith’s new novel, Glaciers, […]

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