It’s the perfect weather for reading Consumption, a book I finished yesterday by Kevin Patterson. The setting is the Arctic, and it’s about a whole lot more than the disease. We read, and come to care deeply, about characters who are Inuit but also those who are “southerners” (from Manitoba). We see what it means to live in the extreme temperatures of the north, hunting for tuktu (caribou) and fish. We understand what a diamond mine can do to a rural community, and ultimately, what a family does to self-destruct. It’s a fascinating book, a perfect read for January.
My husband is wondering where the global warming is because it’s not in Illinois.