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The final collection of stories by award-winning writer Marjorie
Kowalski Cole, The City Beneath the Snow is a portrait of
contemporary Alaskans, their interactions, and their foibles. These
stories reveal the moral decisions that lurk at unexpected corners
in daily life as the characters confront a world at once magical
and ordinary, joy-filled and tragic. Together, they give the reader
an intimate portrait of a people and place more often portrayed
through wilderness specials and reality adventure shows.
Marjorie Kowalski Cole (1953–2009) was an accomplished writer
of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of Correcting the
Landscape and A Spell on the Water, and her essays on travel,
writing, and environmental issues have been published in the Los
Angeles Times, Poets & Writers, American Poetry Review, and others.
These are indeed short stories, but each has its own unquestionable beauty. . . . The characters are real, their situations elicit compassion, and Cole's writing deserves to be savored.
With her Bellwether Prize-winning novel Correcting the Landscape . . . Marjorie Kowalski Cole put Fairbanks, Alaska, on the literary map. Her posthumously published story collection The City Beneath the Snow again brings to life the people of that outpost in the boreal forest, besieged by winter for six months out of the year.