Excerpt of "Spirit of the North", by Linda Ducharme
"The notes rose and fell, died out and arose again, sending chills up Judith’s back. It was beautiful but eerie and she loved the sound - the music of the north."
—From "Spirit of the North" by Linda Ducharme
Imagine being given a remote cabin in Northern Manitoba. That's what newlyweds Wilson and Judith are offered through a family estate. They decide to seize the opportunity and they end up in a life of hunger, isolation and harsh weather.
Such is the subject of author Linda Ducharme's new novel "Spirit of the North". It launched Wednesday February 15 at McNally Robinson.
SCENE asked Linda Ducharme to share an excerpt. She chose one that captures the loneliness, the beauty and the essence of her novel's remote location in winter.
Alone with her thoughts, and only the mare for company, Judith kept busy. She counted on the days flying past, which they seemed to, but the nights were so long, dark and lonely. When it became bitterly cold Judith took some extra oats out to Jazzy. The crunch of snow beneath feet, the mare chomping the grain, and the odd popping of frozen trees - little interrupted the eerie silence. Frost sparkled on the tree branches lit by the twilight in the southern sky, looking like a thousand candles lighted on sparkling Christmas trees.