Northeaster: A Story of Courage and Survival in the Blizzard of 1952


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$28.95  $26.92
Pegasus Books
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5.8 X 9.0 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Cathie Pelletier was born and raised on the banks of the St. John River, at the end of the road in Northern Maine. She is the author of twelve novels, including The Funeral Makers (a New York Times Notable Book), The Weight of Winter (winner of the New England Book Award) and Running the Bulls (winner of the Paterson Prize for Fiction). As K. C. McKinnon, she has written two novels, both of which became television films. With theoretical physicist S. James Gates Jr, she co-authored Proving Einstein Right, winner of the Brown University Book Award. After years of living in Nashville, Tennessee Toronto, Canada and Eastman, Quebec, she has returned to Allagash, Maine and the family homestead where she was born.


"Northeaster is an amazing piece of work, giving us a riveting story. The storm is the framework, but the picture it holds is of the characters themselves, how they lived their lives, how they faced adversity. Incredibly, not only can this scenario happen again. One day it will."--Bernd Heinrich, author of Ravens in Winter and The Snoring Bird
"If there's a snowier book than Northeaster, I don't know it. With its rich cast of fishermen, woodsmen, millworkers and plain old small-town Mainers, Cathie Pelletier's dramatic re-creation of the great blizzard of '52 isn't simply a fast-paced disaster narrative about the workings of fate, but a paean to a long-lost way of life."--Stewart O'Nan, author of The Circus Fire
"Northeaster is a meticulously researched, compassionate, and all too real account of the interface between megastorm and human civilization, a tragedy that is too often reduced to numbers and statistics. Set in America's last frontierland, the state of Maine, Cathie Pelletier cracks open the door to victims's lives before the storm and the immeasurable loss they suffered after it."--Porter Fox, author of "The Last Winter and Northland"
"Cathie Pelletier anatomizes this two-day tempest in Northeaster, a historical re-creation of personal experiences so dramatic that they have lingered for decades in local and family lore. It's touching to see the faces of real people who went through the ordeal."--The Wall Street Journal
"In this excellent example of narrative nonfiction, Pelletier follows several families, many of whom experienced tragedy or hardship during the storm. Pelletier also delves into the physical destruction that the storm left in its wake and the science of blizzards. This book will appeal to readers of narrative nonfiction and climate nonfiction in particular."-- "Booklist"