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Leaves On Frozen Ground

Céline Vaillancourt saw the untamed forest in shades of apprehension: a dark, trackless wilderness that ran from the shore of Lake Superior to an unknown boundary on an unnavigable map. But Edmund, her 11-year-old son, was possessed of a different vision, as though, having been brought into that country as a child in his father’s arms, he had put the very same brooding colors together and produced a painting shot through with adventure and the light of discovery. There was no talking to either of them, husband or son. But talk no longer seemed to matter. Now they were in the maw of the great recession. Now her husband’s construction business, built on the housing boom in the lake-side village of Port Landing, Wisconsin, was failing. And now, on a cold, moonless night in December, on the brink of the worst that Lake Superior could throw at them, Edmund was alone in the woods, the temperature plummeting, a killing storm bearing down, with little more than his beloved Border Collie, Breeze, to keep him warm.

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DAVID EDWARD CARTY was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1955. He attended public schools and eventually Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, where he studied journalism but left two semesters prior to receiving his degree. After nearly a decade of working at mostly low-level, blue collar jobs, he returned to writing and commenced a 30-year career as a freelancer. Leaves On Frozen Ground is his first published novel.