South Pole Station (Hardcover)
Picador USA, 9781250112828, 368pp.
Publication Date: July 3, 2017
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— Pamela Klinger-Horn (E), Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN
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Do you have digestion problems due to stress? Do you have problems with authority? How many alcoholic drinks do you consume a week? Would you rather be a florist or a truck driver?
These are the questions that decide who has what it takes to live at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54 F and no sunlight for six months a year. Cooper Gosling is adrift at thirty, unmoored by a family tragedy and floundering in her career as a painter. So she applies to the National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Program and flees to Antarctica the bottom of the Earth where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own. There's Pearl, the cook whose Carrot Mushroom Loaf becomes means toward her Machiavellian ambitions; the oxymoronic Sal (he is an attractive astrophysicist); and Tucker, the only gay black man on the continent who, as station manager, casts a watchful eye on all.
The only thing they have in common is the conviction that they don t belong anywhere else. Enter Frank Pavano a climatologist with unorthodox beliefs. His presence will rattle this already unbalanced community, bringing Cooper and the Polies to the center of a global controversy and threatening the 800-million-year-old ice chip they call home. In the tradition of And Then We Came to the End and Where d You Go Bernadette?, South Pole Station is a warmhearted comedy of errors set in the world's harshest place.