This magical novel opens with the discovery of a baby floating on an ice pan off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912 and becomes a breathtaking family saga that spans almost a century. When her adult daughter travels to Ireland and England sixty years later, the reader finally learns the story behind the baby’s miraculous survival. Latitudes of Melt is a romantic novel filled with the lore of shipwrecks, icebergs, and whales.
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (longlist) 2002 Nominee
Commonwealth Writers Prize, Canada-Caribbean Region 2001 Shortlist
“Casts a cumulative spell of ancestral continuity that is deeply and subtly true to life.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Joan Clark evokes the profound sense of place we associate with the best Canadian writing. Her writing exudes the salty, fishy, bracing air of Newfoundland.... Absorbing and thick with detail....as rich and
sustaining as a figgy duff.” —The Gazette (Montreal)
“The Titanic looms large, but family dynamics in outport Newfoundland is Joan Clark’s real subject. Fictionally evoking vanished communities and a disappearing way of life can’t restore them. But it can keep their memory — and their value — alive. Joan Clark accomplishes that and more in this skillful blend of family saga and historical epic.” —Toronto Star
“[Latitudes of Melt has] wonderful moments of clarity and transcendence, but never loses sight of what an ordinary life is.” —Carol Shields
“Latitudes of Melt is rife with ethereal, transcendent imagery and writing…This book has the making of myth: huge landscapes, big events, the quest for family connection.” —The Globe and Mail
“This magical tale of a baby found floating on an ice pan ... will arouse the spirit and inflame the imagination.... A delicious brew of fiction and fantasy based in Newfoundland.” —Sunday Telegram (St. John's)
“A whimsical, lyrical novel from a writer who knows Newfoundland well and conjures it with grace.” —Wayne Johnston
Length: 352 pp
Setting: Newfoundland, Canada; Ireland; England
World rights, Knopf Canada
Australian rights, HarperCollins
French rights, Les Editions du Boreal
German rights, Piper Verlag
Italian rights, Frassinelli
US rights, Soho Press
For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.
Photo Credit: Ned Pratt
Joan Clark is the multiple-award-winning author of several novels, short story collections for adults and novels for young readers. She was born and raised in the Maritimes and lived in western Canada before settling in St. John’s, Newfoundland sixteen years ago.