ISBN Code : 978-1-941392-22-5
Language : English
Pages number : 156
Format : Paperback
It is the fall of 1952. The Yankees and the Dodgers are playing in the World Series. Although Gen. Douglas MacArthur has said “Good Bye” and faded away on television, the Korean War goes on. Dwight D. Eisenhower is about to be sworn in as the 34th President of the United States. And Henry Loos is preparing to harvest his ice for the last time.
Henry describes himself as a man who has “built his house on ice,” and The Ice Harvest follows the aging iceman’s last year as he faces his obsolescence while following out the ice harvesting season—an ironic reversal of the agricultural cycle of the farmers in the close-knit southwestern Minnesota community where he lives. As Henry finds himself “fading away,” he is accompanied on his journey by his disaffected middle-aged son Ed and his preteen granddaughter Margaret. The narrative is shared by these three characters, each trying to define themselves and their place in a changing world.
The tone and the rhythms of The Ice Harvest are those of everyday life—not the big dramas of the world stage but just as important to Henry, Ed, Margaret and the others who make up this story of family, faith, work, love and loss.