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Laurentian Divide

A Novel
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Bitter winters are nothing new in Hatchet Inlet, hard up against the ridge of the Laurentian Divide, but the advent of spring can't thaw the community's collective grief, lingering since a senseless tragedy the previous fall. What is different this year is what's missing: Rauri Paar, the last private landowner in the Reserve, whose annual emergence from his remote iced-in islands marks the beginning of spring and the promise of a kinder season.

In the second volume of her Northern Trilogy, Sarah Stonich reassembles characters that endeared Vacationland to so many fans: Retired union miner and widower Alpo Lahti is about to wed his charming and lively bride, Sissy Pavola, but, with Rauri unaccounted for, celebration seems premature. Alpo's son Pete struggles to find his straight and narrow, then struggles to stay on it, and even Sissy might be having second thoughts.

Weaving in and out of each other's reach, trying hard to do their best (all the while wondering what that might be), Stonich's characters in all their sweetness and sorrow remind us once more of the inescapable lurches of the heart and unexpected turns of our human comedy.

©2018 Sarah Stonich (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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A Wonderfully Written Follow-up To Vacationland

I highly recommend reading Vacationland to get a feel for Hatchet Inlet and the wonderful characters therein before diving into Laurentian Divide.

I love the way Sarah Stonich weaves a tale, and it's refreshing to read a modern novel that's written from more than a single point of view. I do wish, however, that Amanda Ronconi had stayed on board to narrate this book also, as it is a bit of a pet peeve of mine when different books of a series have different narrators.

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Good storytelling about northern Minnesota

Sarah Stonich is a good writer. Keeps the story interesting. I like the way she ties in characters from other novels of hers. Peter Berkrot has a good voice.