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Laurentian Divide

A Novel

2018
Author:

Sarah Stonich

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Continues the story of Vacationland, weaving the past and present lives of a family in northern Minnesota at a moment of great sorrow and hope

Returning to the northern Minnesota town of Hatchet Inlet, Laurentian Divide picks up the story where Vacationland left off. Sarah Stonich weaves the past and present lives of a retired union miner, his cherished and surprising bride, and his troubled son as they navigate their next chapters and question what is ours to control or own.

Returning to the northern Minnesota town of Hatchet Inlet, Laurentian Divide picks up the story where Vacationland left off—at a moment of great sorrow and hope. Residents recovering from a tough winter anticipate their first real celebration since losing two of their best and brightest young women. As the wedding of Sissy Pavola to widower Alpo Lahti nears, it appears another soul might be lost. Recluse Rauri Paar should have made his annual springtime trek to town from his remote islands by now—but not everyone is rooting for Rauri’s safe return: as the last private landowner in the million-acre wilderness dubbed the Reserve, his demise would mark the official designation of the park as ‘motorless wilderness.’ Sarah Stonich weaves the past and present lives of a retired union miner, his cherished and surprising bride, and his troubled son as they navigate their next chapters and question what is ours to control or own.

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Sarah Stonich is author of the critically acclaimed novels Vacationland (Minnesota, 2013), The Ice Chorus, and These Granite Islands (Minnesota, 2013) as well as Fishing with RayAnne (writing as Ava Finch) and her memoir, Shelter (Minnesota, 2017). She lives in Minneapolis.

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