An Echo Through the Snow
By Andrea Thalasinos
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780765330369, 370pp.)
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
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Andrea Thalasinos's debut novel is an inspiring story of how a single act of kindness can transform your life. Rosalie MacKenzie is headed nowhere until she sees Smokey, a Siberian husky suffering from neglect. Rosalie finds the courage to rescue the dog, and—united by the bond of love that forms between them—they save each other.
Soon Rosalie and Smokey are immersed in the world of competitive dogsled racing. Days are filled with training runs, the stark beauty of rural Wisconsin, and the whoosh of runners on snow. Rosalie discovers that behind the modern sport lies a tragic history: the heartbreaking story of the Chukchi people of Siberia. When Stalin’s Red Army displaced the Chukchi in 1929, many were killed and others lost their homes and their beloved Guardians—the huskies that were the soul and livelihood of their people.
Alternating between past and present, telling of a struggling Chukchi family and a young woman discovering herself, An Echo Through the Snow takes readers on a gripping, profound, and uplifting dogsled ride to the Iditarod and beyond, on a journey of survival and healing.
ANDREA THALASINOS, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at Madison College. Her respect for huskies grew while she was running her own sled team of six dogs. She helped found a dog rescue group in the upper Midwest for displaced northern breeds. Andrea lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. An Echo Through the Snow is her first novel.
“Andrea Thalasinos has written a sensitive and engaging story which beautifully illustrates the ancient human/canine bond. Her rendering of the little known story of the Chukchi people of Siberia is heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. The interwoven stories of Jeaantaa and Rosalie and the dogs that mean so much to them is destined to become a classic.”
—Susan Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of One Good Dog
“The author's love of dogs and the land come shining through in this compelling and evocative novel. Don't pick it up unless you're able to step on the sled, listen to the panting of the dogs and the thump of their paws on the trail while you enjoy the ride—I read it straight through and couldn't put it down.”
—Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. author of The Other End of the Leash
“Powerful debut...stark, gorgeous prose and a timeless story of love realized, lessons learned, and paths taken.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Beautifully drawn and emotionally resonant.”
“Delicate and vivid as the beadwork Rosalie works on by night, energetic and fast-paced as the dog teams she handles by day, An Echo Through the Snow is an elaborate weaving of past and present, of two women trapped by their circumstances and determined to set themselves free. I loved this book.”
—Michelle Diener, author of In a Treacherous Court
“If you like dogs, history, and richly drawn characters, An Echo Through the Snow is the book you've been waiting for. Fascinating, and deeply moving.”
—Randi Barrow, author of Saving Zasha