Fiction. Women's Studies. California Interest. There are many forms of isolation, and Ellie is becoming an expert on them: unloved and ignored as a child in Vienna, up against cultural barriers in Canada, holed up in a cabin in the north. What are the effects of isolation on the brain? Is it loneliness and boredom that makes Ellie take risks and say yes to Vera, her glamorous but deeply disturbed friend? Vera has been abused as a child and is now putting her trust in a charlatan healer. Together they entangle Ellie in a murderous game of fantasy and revenge. Marooned on the shores of a frozen lake, Ellie must make her way out of the Canadian bush and the wilderness of her own soul. It is a journey through hostile territory—neglect, deceit, confusion, betrayal—but Ellie is a fighter. All she needs to survive is a soulmate. Don't we all?
Erika Rummel has taught at the University of Toronto and WLU, Waterloo. She has lived in big cities (Los Angeles, Vienna) and small villages in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria. She has written extensively on social history, translated the correspondence of inventor Alfred Nobel, the humanist Erasmus, and the Reformer Wolfgang Capito. She is the author of a number of historical novels, most recently The Road to Gesualdo (D. X. Varos, Ltd., 2020) and The Inquisitor's Niece (D. X. Varos, Ltd., 2018), which was judged best historical novel of the year by the Colorado Independent Publishers' Association.�� In 2018 the Renaissance Society of America honoured her with a lifetime achievement award.�� She divides her time between living in Toronto and Santa Monica, California.