Latitudes of Melt
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1. At one point in the novel, Stan reminisces about his early fascination with ice, remembering the hours he would spend watching "pack ice tame the ocean." How has this family been influenced by the beauty and danger of icebergs? What does ice represent for each of them?
2. Discuss the relationship...
“The Titanic looms large, but family dynamics in outport Newfoundland is Joan Clark’s real subject. Fictionally evoking vanished communities and a disappearing way of life can’t restore them. But it can keep their memory — and their value — alive. Joan Clark accomplishes that and more in this skillful blend of family saga and historical epic.” —The Toronto Star
“[Latitudes of Melt has] wonderful moments of clarity and transcendence, but never loses sight of what an ordinary life is.” —Carol Shields
“Latitudes of Melt is rife with ethereal, transcendent imagery and writing…This book has the making of myth: huge landscapes, big events, the quest for family connection.” —Moira Dann, Globe and Mail, 18 November 2000
"This magical tale of a baby found floating on an ice pan ... will arouse the spirit and inflame the imagination.... A delicious brew of fiction and fantasy based in Newfoundland." —Sunday Telegram (St. John's)
"Latitudes of Melt is an epic novel, about one woman's mythic origins, about communities that divide and shift under the weight of time, and about the mysteries and constellations within the ice. A rewarding tale." —Peter Oliva
"A whimsical, lyrical novel from a writer who knows Newfoundland well and conjures it with grace." —Wayne Johnston
“Much of the novel’s unique beauty derives from defying classification. Equal parts mystery, history, geography, tall tale, reminiscence and myth, it’s perhaps most accurately called a love story…Latitudes of Melt is her finest achievement to date.” —Robert Reid, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 4 November 2000