French author Marie Vingtras’s first novel, Blizzard revisits the literary territories of Alaska and the United States.
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 motion. 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 what is Freeman, a Vietnam veteran, doing in this remote corner of Alaska?