Jessica K. for Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
With interwoven male and female narrators, (George Mallory and his wife Ruth), Rideout makes you think about embracing physical and mental suffering in order to attain the highest of human experience vs. whether the journey to the 'top' is illusory, that it is always an inner journey. She invites the reader to think that perhaps what we're journeying towards is the fulfillment that is found in love and union with nature. Ask a woman and she might say, you don't need to risk your life to find it - God, complete fulfillment, love - is found in the details, that is, "in all things." For revealing the sublime and transcendental values of life, Rideout should be on the Giller longlist.