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Snowdrift by Lisa McGonigle

Snowdrift by Lisa McGonigleSnowdrift by Lisa McGonigle. Oolichan Books. January 2011. 288 pages.

Lisa McGonigle grew up in North County Dublin, Ireland. She attended Trinity College Dublin and the University of Aberdeen. In 2005, after graduating university, she visited the Kootenay region of British Columbia to spend a winter snowboarding.

Emails to her friends back home described a remote mountain-town called Fernie, a series of smashes in the terrain park, unrivalled powder turns, minimum-wage work, and duct-taping over the holes in her outerwear.

When the season ended, she left to take up a PhD scholarship to Oxford, but the lure of the snow was too much. She abandoned her laptop, clothes and bike in Oxford and ran away back to BC, where she spent another three winters in the Kootenays. She moved from Fernie to the even smaller, more remote town of  Rossland and learned to ski, as well as snowboard.

Snowdrift is composed of emails written as events unfolded. Infused with an Irish take on Canadiana, Snowdrift documents the joyous, impoverished and injury-ridden life of a ski-bum who’ll do almost anything for fresh lines. It is the story of what happens when a young woman leaves it all behind to follow the snow.

Having now spent several years snowboarding, skiing, and hiking in the Kootenays, Lisa McGonigle  is currently studying for a PhD in English at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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