‘Gratifyingly defies expectations.’
— New York Times Book Review

“Irish author James’ hypnotic North American debut that’s less a high-stakes adventure than a slow-burning psychological study…James expertly captures both the terror and the overwhelming boredom of sea life, of being stuck in the ice, of having nothing to do but the monotonous and sometimes impossible task of staying alive. Cold and unmoving at the start, James’ character – Morgan and Kitty, the ship’s doctor, the cook, the elderly captain, and all the rest – slowly become fully, tragically human. …Meditative and spare, this is not a fast read but one worth the effort: underneath all the ice, there is real emotional depth.”
— Kirkus