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The Snow Collectors by Tina May Hall

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The Snow Collectors by Tina May Hall

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The Snow Collectors by Tina May Hall


Pub date 2/12/20

ISBN 9781950539048

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Haunted by the loss of her parents and twin sister at sea, Henna cloisters herself in a Northeastern village where the snow never stops. When she discovers the body of a young woman at the edge of the forest, she’s plunged into the mystery of a centuries-old letter regarding one of the most famous stories of Arctic exploration—the Franklin expedition, which disappeared into the ice in 1845.

At the center of the mystery is Franklin’s wife, the indomitable Lady Jane. Henna’s investigation draws her into a gothic landscape of locked towers, dream-like nights of snow and ice, and a crumbling mansion rife with hidden passageways and carrion birds. But it soon becomes clear that someone is watching her—someone who is determined to prevent the truth from coming out.

 Suspenseful and atmospheric, The Snow Collectors sketches the ghosts of Victorian exploration against the eerie beauty of a world on the edge of environmental collapse.

The Snow Collectors is a wonder of a book, and Tina May Hall is a wonder of a writer. In lyrical, precise prose, Hall draws us into the snow-globed labyrinth of a dead body and the ghosts of a nineteenth-century expedition within a novel that is equal parts mystery, gothic fiction, and experimental innovation. Hall’s work occupies the liminal space between poetry and prose, and this novel is an atmospheric marvel that is both ethereal and impossible to put down.” —Anne Valente, author of Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down

"Eerie, atmospheric, and unexpected - this gorgeously written book grips hold of you from the first page and doesn’t let go." —Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

At first, Tina May Hall’s The Snow Collectors seems all subtle piecework, every sentence exquisite, combining icy clarity with sensual surprise. Yet in no time the novel reveals more, the stains and strains of our human messes. Altogether, it proves a miraculous amalgam: a grief narrative, a Gothic romance, a cold-case mystery, and a tale of climate catastrophe. I came away ravished. —John Domini, author of MOVIEOLA! and The Color Inside a Melon

Tina May Hall lives and teaches in upstate New York. Her collection of stories, The Physics of Imaginary Objects, won the 2010 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She is the recipient of an NEA grant, and her stories have appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Collagist, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Wigleaf, and other journals.