It’s the first of December, 1969 and the Massachusetts Turnpike is covered with snow. Within an hour—and with nowhere good to hide—a million lives will change on what looks like hard fate and pure luck. What will you do if your number comes up? Run? Fight? Lie? Kill? Bury the evidence and walk away?
Three years after his brother’s death in combat, Boston native Otis Fletcher must decide—much quicker than he’d ever planned—whose life he’s living, how much truth matters, and what it will cost to make things right.
Fifty years later, the only thing middle-aged geology Professor Cece Paine wants is to get down off her favorite glacier and home to her husband and their six-year-old son in Vancouver. Until a discovery gets in her way. Can two men and one woman whom she thought she knew bridge the vast chasm of time and secrets opened before her?
Keenly observed and exquisitely crafted, Art Hutchinson’s generation-spanning first novel builds to a shattering crescendo as spur-of-the-moment decisions ripple across North America and down through time to lace this redemptive adventure with a dash of unlikely romance.
One advance-copy reader wrote: “If Ernest Cline, Tim O’Brien, and Jack Kerouac somehow had a baby, it would be Covered With Snow. A Beatnik-mystery dream… as believable as it is heart-wrenching… exhilarating… the characters so honest, so deliberate, so painfully human that I forget they’re not made of flesh and blood… Hutchinson is not afraid to ask the difficult questions… [but] empathy is ever-present in this [tale] of grace and truth… A breathtaking Bildungsroman and God’s lovingkindness in one…”
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