Longlisted for the Relit Award
Proprietor of Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind and contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Maclean’s, The National Post, and other print and online venues
On Christmas Eve, 1898, a young woman gives birth while caught outside in a swirling blizzard. Thaw follows the unsettled life of this child, as she grows into a disquieting presence in tranquil Cupboard Cove. Hazel Boone lives life on its border, moving among familiar strangers, her body driven by temptation and an inner fire. Her self-indulgence creates a shame that percolates down through generations, seizing everyone in its path including her son, the painter David Boone, and his young apprentice, Tilley Gover. Seventy years after her birth, during a winter of constriction, a tragedy repeats itself, and the residents of this small outport re-discover that passion can be as destructive as it is redeeming.