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The Net Beneath Us
Told over the course of a year, The Net Beneath Us is a lyrical exploration of loss, marriage, parenthood, and self-reliance, a tale of how the natural world—without and within us—offers a kind of healing, if we can learn where to look.
In the aftermath of her husband’s logging accident, Elsa Arnasson is faced with the difficulties of raising their two small children in the woods of rural Wisconsin while coping with the near-daily miscommunications between her in-laws. As winter descends and challenges mount, she grows even more reluctant to leave their unfinished house—a house her husband was building for them from the trees he knew and loved, a house with no running water or split firewood for heat. When she decides to stay and does the unthinkable in the throes of a fever on a winter night, she enters a dark tunnel of regret that threatens her survival and that of her children. If she wants to stay, she must learn how to forge her own relationship with the land and accept help from the people and places she least expects.
Publication Date: September 1, 2022
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"Dunbar's writing is by turns taut and sumptuous - she delivers both a tumble through the shifting light of grief, and a shady and forgiving forest floor on which to land." -Leif Enger, author of Virgil Wander
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Carol Dunbar’s work has appeared in The South Carolina Review, Midwestern Gothic, Midwest Review, and others. Her stories about living off the grid air on Wisconsin Public Radio, and in 2018 she won the Hal Prize for fiction. She writes from a solar-powered office in the woods of northern Wisconsin where she resides with her husband, two kids, and a giant Alaskan malamute. Her first novel, The Net Beneath Us, debuts in the fall of 2022.
Tags: Adult, Literary, Women's Fiction