This debut novel, due out in April from Norton, is poetic and moody and magical. Set in the northern town of Sawgamet, Stephen has returned to town to bury his dying mother. But he flashes back to his childhood, and the pivotal summer when Stephen’s grandfather Jeannot returned to town to find his dead wife. The snow is almost another character in the story; it’s a place where it can blizzard well into the summer, and where the river can ice over so quickly it traps people. The mythical creatures living in the woods lend a magical realism/fantasy element to the story, but it’s really steeped in love, family, and community. And it manages to be both brutal and sweet at the same time, which is a great combination. The author will be here in store reading from this book on Sunday, April 10 at 4 PM, and we’re excited to have him!