My Last Continent
It is only at the end of the world—among the glacier mountains and frigid waters of Antarctica—where Deb Gardner and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For the few blissful weeks they spend each year studying the habits of penguins, Deb and Keller can escape the frustrations and sorrows of their separate lives and find solace in each other. But Antarctica, like their fleeting romance, is tenuous, imperiled by the world to the north.
A new travel and research season has just begun, and Deb and Keller are ready to play tour guide to the passengers on the small expedition ship that ferries them to their research destination. Except that this year, Keller fails to appear on board. Shortly into the trip, Deb's ship receives an emergency signal from the Australis, a cruise liner that has hit desperate trouble in the ice-choked waters. And among the crew of the sinking ship is Keller...
As Deb and Keller's troubled histories collide with this catastrophic present, Deb's role turns from researcher to rescuer all too aware that in this land of harsh beauty even the smallest missteps can have tragic consequences.
'Half adventure, half elegy, and wholly recommended.' --Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
'An atmospheric tale of love discovered, and losses endured, in Antarctica...The unpredictability of the splendors and terrors of life at the southern pole creates a backdrop of foreboding entirely appropriate for the story's cinematic resolution [and] the authentic rendering of the setting distinguishes Raymond's novel from other stories of love in perilous times and places.' --Kirkus Reviews
'Refreshingly different, vivid and immediate. Midge Raymond has an extraordinary gift for description that puts the reader bang in the middle of the action, bang in the middle of its dangerous and endangered world. Her clean, sparse prose pulls us irresistibly into the story and the wider issues it raises. She is clearly a writer in command of her craft.' --M. L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans
'An original and entirely authentic love story...It recognises that love is seldom simple or exclusive, and that the things that bring us together can also keep us apart.' --Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project
“Atmospheric and adventurous…the story and vivid writing will keep readers glued to the pages.” --Library Journal
“Midge Raymond picks out the raw beauty of [Antarctica] and contrasts it with the raw and wild emotions of her characters—doing so to the extent that Antarctica becomes a character too…Moving and raw…The combination of the icy Antarctic and the warmth of human feeling make for compelling reading.” --The Bookbag UK
“This is a beautifully written, moving, and gripping debut novel.” --Otago Daily Times (NZ)
Midge Raymond is an award-winning short-story writer who worked in publishing in New York before moving to Boston, where she taught creative writing. She has published two books for writers, Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing. Midge lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she is co-founder of the boutique publisher Ashland Creek Press. My Last Continent is her first novel.