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    Above the Fire

    The #1 Amazon Bestseller

    Above the Fire crystallizes the relationship between a father and son as they survive a winter of isolation. Laboring under a shared loss, Doug and his young son, Tim, set out on a late season backpacking trip through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. They find beauty and solidarity in the outdoors, making friends along the trail, and falling into the rhythms of an expedition. And then reports of warfare and social collapse reach the ranger station.

    Father and son must endure an alpine winter, solitude, and the ever-present threat of outsiders. As their isolation intensifies, their bond with each other grows more fierce. Eventually they must decide whether – and how – to confront the perils of a changed world. An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner.

    “A tenderly wrought father-son novel…a solid read for anyone who appreciates the stark beauty of New England.” The Boston Globe

    “A captivating exploration of who we become when the world goes dark… Spellbinding.” Washington Independent Review of Books

    “An utterly gripping debut novel.” Booklist (starred review)

    A bleak yet beautiful portrait of a world in crisis.” Apple Books

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