South Pole Station

South Pole Station

Book - 2017
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" Do you have digestion problems due to stress? Do you have problems with authority? How many alcoholic drinks do you consume a week? Would you rather be a florist or a truck driver? These are the questions that decide who has what it takes to live at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54℗♭℗¿F and no sunlight for six months a year. Cooper Gosling is adrift at thirty, unmoored by a family tragedy and floundering in her career as a painter. So she applies to the National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Program and flees to Antarctica -- the bottom of the Earth -- where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own. There's Pearl, the cook whose Carrot Mushroom Loaf becomes means toward her Machiavellian ambitions; the oxymoronic Sal (he is an attractive astrophysicist); and Tucker, the only gay black man on the continent who, as station manager, casts a watchful eye on all. The only thing they have in common is the conviction that they don't belong anywhere else. Enter Frank Pavano -- a climatologist with unorthodox beliefs. His presence will rattle this already unbalanced community, bringing Cooper and the Polies to the center of a global controversy and threatening the 800-million-year-old ice chip they call home. In the tradition of And Then We Came to the End and Where'd You Go Bernadette?, South Pole Station is a warmhearted comedy of errors set in the world's harshest place. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250112828
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 25 cm


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ontherideau Sep 29, 2018

Climate change research at the South Pole being manipulated by oil companies via US government is unsettling but I see how easily it could happen.
Highly recommend reading South Pole Station

Jun 08, 2018

This novel starts out slow but uses the pace to develop multiple characters are enduring. It is also interesting to learn about the South Pole Station add the politics of climate change and you have a winner. The author is a patron of our library system and has been great with author visits and ensuring we had a copy at her hometown library.

Feb 13, 2018

I found this novel went in spurts of interest for me. I got bogged down in the political parts. The science was interesting up to a point. I would like to have read more about the day to day operations at the station. But that moves in to the realm of non-fiction. The protagonist was the literary heroine of choice these days, a tortured and unpleasant woman who had something bad happen that she feels so much more deeply than other unfortunates. She would have been miserable in any location. A pleasant but disappointing read.

JCLKariE Jun 19, 2017

Shelby’s writing is at times beautiful, haunting, and deep. Cooper pulls you in from the beginning as she slowly unravels her past. The death of Cooper's twin affects her deeply. Cooper is damaged, caring, real, and almost innocent in her relationships with people. Life at Pole is full of new slang, unique people, and extreme conditions. Meeting the lifers at Pole pulls you deeper into this story because each person has a reason they work at the bottom of the Earth.

jabberbooky May 23, 2017

Loved this debut novel. What does it take to survive 6 months in the South Pole? Read this and find out. One of my favorites of 2017.


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