Monday, July 3, 2017

Spotlight on My Last Continent by Midge Raymond

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pub. Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 336

Genre: Fiction/Action & Adventure

This unforgettable debut, set against the dramatic Antarctic landscape, is “refreshingly different, vivid and immediate. Midge Raymond has an extraordinary gift for description that puts the reader bang in the middle of its dangerous and endangered world” (M.L. Stedman, New York Times bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans).

It is only among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica that Deb Gardener and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For a few blissful weeks each year they study the habits of Emperor and Adelie penguins and find solace in their work and in one another. But Antarctica, like their fleeting romance, is a fragile place, imperiled by the world to the north.

Each year, Deb and Keller play tour guide to the passengers on the small expedition ship that ferries them to their research station. But this year, when Keller fails to appear on board, Deb begins to reconsider their complicated past and the uncertainty of any future they might share. Then, shortly into the journey, Deb’s ship receives an emergency signal from The Australis, a cruise liner that has hit desperate trouble in the ice-choked waters of the Southern Ocean. Soon Deb’s role will change from researcher to rescuer; among the crew of that sinking ship, Deb learns, is Keller.

As Deb and Keller’s troubled histories collide in this “original and entirely authentic love story” (Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project), Midge Raymond takes us on an unforgettable voyage deep into the wonders of the Antarctic and the mysteries of the human heart.

Praise for My Last Continent


“A meditative romance…Raymond has shown us a continent worth visiting.” – New York Times Book Review

“Raymond shines in capturing a shivery sense of place, in taking us somewhere most of us will never go….Romantic? Absolutely. Ominous? That, too.” – Seattle Times

“A sensitive exploration of how even the smallest action can ripple through an ecosystem—seemingly impenetrable, but as fragile as the human heart.” – The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Masterful.” – Booklist

“A luminescent, double-layered love story.” – The Oregonian

“An atmospheric tale of love discovered, and losses endured, in Antarctica… [of] love in perilous times and places.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Atmospheric and adventurous…The story and vivid writing will keep readers glued to the pages.” – Library Journal

“Gorgeously written, suspenseful literary fiction.”– Swapna Krisha, Book Riot

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About the Author

Midge Raymond is the author of the short story collection Forgetting English, which received the
Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, and a novel, My Last Continent. Her work has appeared in Poets & Writers, the Los Angeles Times magazine, TriQuarterly, and Bellevue Literary Review among other places.

Learn more about Midge and her writing on her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.