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Wendy J. Fox - If the Ice Had Held


Melanie Henderson's life is a lie. The scandal of her birth and the identity of her parents is kept from her family's small, conservative town. Not even she knows the truth: that her birth mother was just 14 and unmarried to her father, a boy who drowned when he tried to take a shortcut across an icy river. Years later, in Denver, Melanie dabbles in affairs with married men while clinging to a corporate job that gives her life order even as her tenuous relationships fall apart. If the Ice Had Held speaks with a natural lyricism, and presents a cast of characters who quietly struggle through complicated lives. Will her family secret be kept, or will it tear them apart? Selected for the Sante Fe Writers Project Grand Prize. Wendy J. Fox is the author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories and The Pull of It. She received her MFA from Eastern Washington University, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in many literary reviews, websites, and blogs.