Liv’s solitary and self-sufficient life is put to the test when she injures herself on the Castle Peak trail in the Sierra mountains during an early morning run. With her phone dead and a surprise early November snow falling, Liv fights against her own nature and the elements to get down the mountain. Author Mina Samuels – herself a runner – shows us the loneliness inherent in today’s lean-in working woman’s culture, and how mental and physical strength co-exist alongside the ability to navigate the subtext of the world. Short, chilling, memorable, Castle Peak immerses the reader in the fundamental interiority of a woman’s experience.
From the Curator
Castle Peak echoes the elements of one of my favorite stories, Jack London’s To Build a Fire, where a calm, beautiful walk in the snow descends – almost imperceptibly – into the panic
(surprise?) of hypothermia and then, certain death. Mina Samuels writes beautifully, with lovely pacing and perfect control. … During this walk up and not quite down Castle Peak, you get to know the psychology of a woman desperate to be in control of her own life and proud of her isolation. It is her badge of courage.