An Echo Through the Snow

Andrea Thalasinos

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Andrea Thalasinos's debut novel is an inspiring story of how a single act of kindness can transform your life.
 
Rosalie MacKenzie is headed nowhere until she sees Smokey, a Siberian husky suffering from neglect. Rosalie finds the courage to rescue the dog, and—united by the bond of love that forms between them—they save each other. 

Soon Rosalie and Smokey are immersed in the world of competitive dogsled racing. Days are filled with training runs, the stark beauty of rural Wisconsin, and the whoosh of runners on snow. Rosalie discovers that behind the modern sport lies a tragic history: the heartbreaking story of the Chukchi people of Siberia. When Stalin’s Red Army displaced the Chukchi in 1929, many were killed and others lost their homes and their beloved Guardians—the huskies that were the soul and livelihood of their people.

Alternating between past and present, telling of a struggling Chukchi family and a young woman discovering herself, An Echo Through the Snow takes readers on a gripping, profound, and uplifting dogsled ride to the Iditarod and beyond, on a journey of survival and healing.

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CHAPTER 1
 
 
Sometimes a story has to be told if for no other reason than to unburden the heart.
—Anonymous

OCTOBER 1929—UELEN, CHUKOTKA, NORTHEASTERN SIBERIA
He strained to catch a glimpse of them through the morning mist. Tariem wiped his runny nose on his sleeve. A truck engine rumbled from the outskirts of the village; the soldiers must have discovered that he’d escaped. Earlier he pried off a few loose boards from the temporary stockade and slipped out.
It was snowing lightly, the clouds low hanging and billowy.

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“Andrea Thalasinos has written a sensitive and engaging story which beautifully illustrates the ancient human/canine bond. Her rendering of the little known story of the Chukchi people of Siberia is heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. The interwoven stories of Jeaantaa and Rosalie and the dogs that mean so much to them is destined to become a classic.”
—Susan Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of One Good Dog

“The author's love of dogs and the land come shining through in this compelling and evocative novel. Don't pick it up unless you're able to step on the sled, listen to the panting of the dogs and the thump of their paws on the trail while you enjoy the ride—I read it straight through and couldn't put it down.”
—Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. author of The Other End of the Leash

“Powerful debut...stark, gorgeous prose and a timeless story of love realized, lessons learned, and paths taken.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“Beautifully drawn and emotionally resonant.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Delicate and vivid as the beadwork Rosalie works on by night, energetic and fast-paced as the dog teams she handles by day, An Echo Through the Snow is an elaborate weaving of past and present, of two women trapped by their circumstances and determined to set themselves free. I loved this book.”
—Michelle Diener, author of In a Treacherous Court

“If you like dogs, history, and richly drawn characters, An Echo Through the Snow is the book you've been waiting for. Fascinating, and deeply moving.”
—Randi Barrow, author of Saving Zasha


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Andrea Thalasinos

ANDREA THALASINOS, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at Madison College. Her respect for huskies grew while she was running her own sled team of six dogs. She helped found a dog rescue group in the upper Midwest for displaced northern breeds. Andrea lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. An Echo Through the Snow is her first novel.

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An Echo Through the Snow
Andrea Thalasinos

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
August 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429968423
ISBN10: 1429968427
370 pages
$9.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
August 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765330369
ISBN10: 0765330369
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 370 pages
$23.99

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Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
January 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765332530
ISBN10: 0765332531
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$14.99
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