Yukoner finds parallels between cabin life and Wolf Winter book
There's nothing like seeing glimpses of your own life in the literature you pick up — but would you expect a story of 18th century Scandinavian survivalists to reflect your life back at you? For Ryan Lougheed-Smith, Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck does just that.
Listen to Cross Country Checkup guest host Susan McReynolds interview Lougheed-Smith about her pick for the Cross Country Checkup annual book list:
Susan McReyolds: What's your recommendation, Ryan?
Ryan Lougheed-Smith: My recommendation is Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck. It's set in the 1700s Swedish Lapland. It's a great book where a mother and two daughters deal with the practical problems of a very harsh winter — like their cabin getting snowed in. They also have to deal with the mountain being haunted and people disappearing. The whole novel has a tension between what's real and what's not.
SM: Why does it appeal to you?
RLS: This particular book was recommended to me by a friend. I live in a small cabin with my daughter, my partner and our three dogs in the bush. There's always a tension between the spooky aspects of what's in your backyard when it's cold and dark, and then the hard practicalities of your everyday life. I enjoyed this supernatural fantasy novel even though it's set in an environment that's really far away and a few hundred years ago — it's familiar to me.
Susan McReynolds' and Ryan Lougheed-Smith's comments have been edited and condensed.