“James uses the sublime appeal of the Arctic and the extreme situation of his characters as the stage for an essentially domestic psychological novel. The Surfacing is about how people live together and how we rise to the occasion of pregnancy and birth. . . . This is a book for grownups. . . . The expedition, after all, is just a metaphor; the Impetus a ship of fools, the protagonist, Morgan, an Odysseus who’s not going anywhere. . . . . The prose matches the landscape, rigorously unadorned, returning the gaze of a reader led into a world without hiding places.”


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