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Alexis Smith's "Glaciers"

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Alexis Smith spent her early years in Alaska. When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to Seattle. She’s spent the last twelve years in Portland. But images from her Alaskan childhood still fill her stories and dreams.

Smith shares much of this biography with the main character of her debut novel Glaciers, which was just published by the Portland-based Tin House Books:

In Glaciers, we follow a young woman named Isabel through the course of one day in Portland. She goes to work and to a party. She buys a dress from a vintage store and summons the courage to act on a crush. Woven through all of this are memories from her Alaskan past, which together form a rich counterpoint of her inner and outer lives.

Have you read Glaciers? What would you like to ask Alexis Smith?

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