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An echo through the snow
Thalasinos, Andrea
Adult Fiction THALASI

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This debut novel begins with Tariem, a native Siberian, fleeing with his sled dogs from Soviet soldiers. In 1929, Stalin has begun a program of forced assimilation of the Chukchi people; reindeer herds and dog sled teams are slaughtered, and adults are sent to factory jobs and their children taken to state schools. The story then shifts to Wisconsin 63 years later. Rosalie McKenzie's life is going nowhere: dead-end jobs and a loveless marriage. One night coming home from losing her latest employment, she takes a chance and rescues a maltreated husky that she names Smokey. With Smokey at her side, Rosalie is able to leave her abusive husband and find her vocation, working with sled dogs. Verdict Alternating between the past and the present, Thalasinos's work informs the reader on the techniques of dogsled racing and the ways of Siberian natives, but it is the human elements that drive her story. In addition to dog lovers, this book should appeal to readers who are interested in history's darker corners and in tales of the human spirit dealing with love and loss.-Dan Forrest, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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