Dreamscape Media, Compact Disc, 9781611201192
Publication Date: April 4, 2011
In Sawgamet, a north woods boomtown gone bust, the cold of winter breaks the glass of the schoolhouse thermometer, and the dangers of working in the cuts are overshadowed by the mysteries and magic lurking in the woods. Stephen, a pastor, is at home on the eve of his mother's funeral, thirty years after the mythic summer his grandfather returned to the town in search of his beloved but long-dead wife. And like his grandfather, Stephen is forced to confront the losses of his past. Touch introduces you to a world where monsters and witches oppose singing dogs and golden caribou, where the living and the dead part and meet again in the crippling beauty of winter and the surreal haze of summer.
Starred Review. "...Zentner's elegant prose keeps the story buoyant." - Publishers Weekly
"Dietz artfully portrays the conglomerate of various characters...Appropriate pacing allows listeners to savor...this enthralling debut..." - Booklist
"...vivid and thrilling, interspersed with sudden chilling moments of horror...Zentner’s flawless, fluid execution allows central moments of life, death, and love to layer into a haunting accumulation. Teens will be attracted to the adventure, passion, tragedy, horror, mystery, and the tales of men who live life to the fullest." - School Library Journal, "Adults Book for Teens"
"...reads like a work of art...sad, startling, disturbing, beautiful, powerful and deeply tender..." - Winnipeg Free Press
"...an interesting read...Alexi Zentner has written a wonderful first novel that evokes a rugged wilderness in vivid detail..." - Women's Post
"A sublime haunting, a rippin yarn, and a killer debut." - J. Robert Lennon, author of Castle
"Touch is one of those rare novels that simultaneously takes hold of both your imagination and your heart and does not let go...It's a gem of a book." - Aryn Kyle, author of The God of Animals
"Touch is...full of images so beautiful and strange that they are haunting. Touch more than delivers on the promise of its title: long after the last page, you will still be in its grip." - Josh Weil, author of The New Valley
"Touch is a stunning and provocative debut. Zentner mines the human heart to blend humor with tragedy, myth with reality, addicting his audience to a world as uplifting as it is brutal." - Tea Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife