Nine Below Zero

by Kevin Canty

Paperback, 2000

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Vintage (2000), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages


From the acclaimed author ofA Stranger in this WorldandInto the Great Wide Opencomes a novel that explores reckless love and penetrates the unrelenting winter landscape of the American West. Marvin Deernose, a Native American carpenter and recovering alcoholic, has just returned to his Montana hometown with hopes of finding a new start. Early one snowy morning, Marvin notices an overturned Cadillac down an embankment. After rescuing the elderly Senator Henry Neihart, who has just suffered a stroke, Marvin is invited to the Senator's estate where he is immediately drawn to Justine Gallego, the Senator's wayward, unhappily married granddaughter. As these tarnished souls recognize their profound, shared attraction, they dive headlong into a dangerous and intense affair that forever alters the course of their lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.… (more)

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LibraryThing member hdileo
This was hugely disappointing, especially since Winslow in Love is the best book I've read this year. Too much was taken for granted. The characters are said to love and hate and resent one another, but they just aren't substantial enough for these exaggerated emotions to be credible or engaging.
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Canty is brilliant at exploring the exquisite tragedy of wasted lives and epic failure, but neither the characters (nor the writing) were more than reckless.
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