Glaciers

A Novel

Smith, Alexis M.

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"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."--P. [2] of cover.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Tin House Books ; Berkeley, Calif. : Distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781935639206
193563920X
Branch Call Number: FICTION SMITH 2012
Characteristics: 174 p. ;,19 cm

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Glaciers follows Isabel, a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, 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 o... Read More »

"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 h... Read More »

This is really a novella, and a lovely one. A Portland librarian has a crush on her coworker. She finds the perfect dress for a party. That's all. But the writing is lovely.

The reader follows Isabel over the course of a day as she muses on her life while working at the library, nursing a crush on a coworker and coveting a vintage dress on display at a local store.


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Mar 14, 2015

This is what I read that interested me in the book http://offtheshelf.com/2015/03/the-quiet-book-that-ended-my-reading-rut/

Mar 26, 2013
  • seattleerin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel is set in Portland, OR & is just lovely.

Jul 11, 2012
  • hollyheartsYA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The setting is Pacific Northwest and anything set locally almost guarantees I'll at least give it a try. I love being able to say, "I've been there!" or for the text to evoke a similar feeling for the character and myself. The sweet little vignettes of chapters actually grew on me throughout the novel as well as the sparse writing style. There's no quotation marks on the dialogue so that it flowed quite smoothly. Isabel works in a library cataloging damaged books, crushes on her ex-soldier co-worker and frequents vintage shops and vegetarian asian eateries. I wish the book had been longer, but actually the little bits that we get of the characters strike just the right chord in your heart that you are left smiling nostalgically at the bittersweet ending. I highly recommend it (and since it's so short it's perfect for one morning, afternoon or evening when you have a bit of downtime and can read it in one sitting)

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