DO YOU HAVE DIGESTIVE 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 some of the questions that determine if you have what it takes to survive at South Pole Station, a place with an average temperature of -54°F and no sunlight for six months a year. Cooper Gosling has just answered five hundred of them. Her results indicate she is abnormal enough for polar life.
Cooper is not sure if this is an achievement, but she knows she has nothing to lose. Unmoored by a recent family tragedy, she is adrift at thirty and―despite her early promise as a painter―on the verge of sinking her career. So she accepts her place in the National Science Foundation’s Artists and Writers Program and flees to Antarctica, where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own. The only thing the Polies have in common is the conviction that they don’t belong anywhere else. Then a fringe scientist arrives, claiming climate change is a hoax. His presence will rattle this already imbalanced community, bringing Cooper and the Polies to the center of a global controversy and threatening the ancient ice chip they call home.
A warmhearted comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place, Ashley Shelby’s South Pole Station is a wry and witty debut novel about the courage it takes to band together when everything around you falls apart.
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“Narrator Rebecca Gibel provides an irreverent tone for Cooper and the motley cast of characters…Gibel’s voicing adequately captures the eccentric group, who frequently lapse into exasperated arguing with one another, especially when holding forth on their scientific beliefs, which Gibel narrates with clarity. She also provides accents for non-native English-speaking characters, which aid in differentiating the many idiosyncratic personalities.”