The first novel by a French author, Blizzard revisits Alaska and American literary territories.
The blizzard rages in Alaska, whipping faces and impeding walking. A young boy disappears. It took only a few seconds of inattention, the time to tie his shoes, for Bess to let go of the child’s hand and lose sight of him. She leaves to look for him, followed closely by Benedict and Cole. Freeman, for his part, knows nothing of the events that are happening. The tragedy is in place.
Through this race against death—one does not survive long, lost in the middle of a storm, even less when one is a child—the destinies of these four characters are revealed.
How did Benedict, the local boy, find himself responsible for this boy who is probably much more cultured than he will ever be? What secret does Bess seem to be carrying? What is the story of Cole, the boorish man who forgets himself by drinking? And Freeman, a Vietnam veteran, what is he doing in this remote corner of Alaska?
With her incisive writing, carried by a lyrical breath, Marie Vingtras strives to penetrate the intimacy of her characters. Like a polyphonic novel, she gives them a voice and, with great delicacy, reveals the torments of their souls.