South Pole Station

South Pole Station

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Do you have digestion problems due to stress? Do you have problems with authority? How many alcoholic drinks do you consume a week? Would you rather be a florist or a truck driver? These are the questions that decide who has what it takes to live at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54°F and no sunlight for six months a year. Cooper Gosling has just answered five hundred of them. Her results indicate she is strange enough for Polar life. Cooper's not sure if this is an achievement, but she knows she has nothing to lose. Unmoored by a recent family tragedy, she's adrift at thirty and--despite her early promise as a painter--on the verge of sinking her career. So she accepts her place in the National Science Foundation's Artists & Writers Program and flees to Antarctica--where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own.A winning comedy of errors set in the world's harshest place, Ashley Shelby's South Pole Station is a wry and witty debut novel about the courage it takes to come together, even as everything around you falls apart.* For readers of dysfunctional family dramas such as Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's The Nest (but in Antarctica, with beards)
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2017
ISBN: 9781250112828
Branch Call Number: SHE
Characteristics: 360 p. :,ill ;,25 cm


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Feb 13, 2018

I found this novel went in spurts of interest for me. I got bogged down in the political parts. The science was interesting up to a point. I would like to have read more about the day to day operations at the station. But that moves in to the realm of non-fiction. The protagonist was the literary heroine of choice these days, a tortured and unpleasant woman who had something bad happen that she feels so much more deeply than other unfortunates. She would have been miserable in any location. A pleasant but disappointing read.

JCLKariE Jun 19, 2017

Shelby’s writing is at times beautiful, haunting, and deep. Cooper pulls you in from the beginning as she slowly unravels her past. The death of Cooper's twin affects her deeply. Cooper is damaged, caring, real, and almost innocent in her relationships with people. Life at Pole is full of new slang, unique people, and extreme conditions. Meeting the lifers at Pole pulls you deeper into this story because each person has a reason they work at the bottom of the Earth.

jabberbooky May 23, 2017

Loved this debut novel. What does it take to survive 6 months in the South Pole? Read this and find out. One of my favorites of 2017.

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