Book Review: South of Superior

South of Superior, by Ellen Airgood, is the best book I have read in a long time. Skillfully weaving together the lives of the old-timers of McAllaster, Michigan, with the lives and struggles of newcomers Madeline Stone and Paul Garceau, Ms. Airgood’s first novel is downright stunning. I literally did not want to put it down at the end, rifling through the last few pages, trying to extend the sweetness.

McAllaster is located on the south shores of Lake Superior, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and the lake and its weather feature prominently in the book.

Madeline goes to McAllaster almost on a whim, at the request of her estranged (and late) grandfather’s paramour, to take care of her sister, when the elderly women have no one else to turn to. Madeline finds herself soon embroiled in the disputes and lives of the townspeople, as the old-timers try to accommodate rich newcomers, some of whom would like McAllaster to be just like the places they left behind.

In the end, Madeline learns much about her family and herself, making a place for herself in McAllaster.

Five out of five stars. An excellent book.

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  1. Stephine Scobee

     /  December 10, 2011

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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     /  December 12, 2011

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