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The Ice Bridge

Narrated by: Paul Hecht
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Anna Starling flees a dissolving marriage in California to save herself and her artistic career, and rents a house in the isolated landscape of Cape Breton. There, her life intersects with that of her neighbor Red Murdock, a cabinetmaker who has recently lost Rosaire, the great love of his life, to cancer. Surrounded by the old ghosts of this landscape and the echoes of the indigenous Scottish culture that once lived in this isolated community, Anna and Murdock slowly come together just as the modern world encroaches on their town. When a local drug-smuggling ring starts to impede on their natural landscape, Anna finds herself caught in the crosshairs, and both she and Murdock must shake off the past in order to contend with the dark forces swirling all around them. Part love story, part moral fable, and part quest for home and heart, The Ice Bridge is a superbly crafted tale of love after love, a novel rich in atmosphere and infused with lyrical descriptions of land and sea. It is about timeless characters caught in a distinctly modern world. Written with an ear for the cadences of Cape Breton and a profound understanding of the many emotional shadings that exist between the sexes, The Ice Bridge is another superb work from D.R. MacDonald.

©2013 D. R. MacDonald (P)2013 Recorded Books

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"A vivid portrayal of a setting and the renewal of love after loss." ( Booklist)

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More D.R. MacDonald, please!

This was a terrific novel. The eerie atmosphere of a Cape Breton winter and the haunting scene at the beginning of the story are like a translucent curtain through which we see the story of Anna's exile from California and watch her bump up against the local islanders like a boat in the fog. Hecht's narration fits the brooding atmosphere perfectly. Please, audible, more MacDonald and Hecht!