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A young woman’s struggle to speak for herself—no matter the risks—from critically acclaimed and award-winning author Mary Casanova

Date: Sep 11th, 2012

Mary Casanova will speak about her new book, Frozen, on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Centennial Library, and 2:00 p.m. at Rum River Library. 

Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose hasn’t said a word in eleven years—ever since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm. Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were frozen.

Set during the roaring 1920s in the beautiful, wild area on Rainy Lake where Minnesota meets Canada, Frozen tells the intriguing story of Sadie Rose, whose mother died under strange circumstances the same night Sadie Rose was found, unable to speak, in a snow bank. Sadie Rose doesn’t know her last name and has only fleeting memories of her mother—and the conflicting knowledge that her mother had worked in a brothel. Taken in as a foster child by a corrupt senator, Sadie Rose spends every summer along the shores of Rainy Lake, where her silence is both a prison and a sanctuary.

“Although this is a work of fiction, it’s a detailed look at the issues of the day, wrapped in a stirring mystery,” said Anoka County Commissioner Carol LeDoux.

Sadie Rose’s search for her personal truth is laid against a swirling historical drama—a time of prohibition and women winning the right to vote, political corruption, and a fevered fight over the area’s wilderness between a charismatic, unyielding, powerful industrialist and a quiet man battling to save the wide, wild forests and waters of northernmost Minnesota. Frozen is a suspenseful, moving testimonial to the haves and the have-nots, to the power of family and memory, and to the extraordinary strength of a young woman who has lost her voice in nearly every way—but is utterly determined to find it again.

“This is an opportunity for teens and readers of teen literature to meet one of Minnesota’s finest,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle.  “Come to hear more about the creation of her inspiring novel, Frozen.”

Copies of Frozen will be available for purchase and signing.  The program is free and open to the public.  This program was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


                                                       Mary Casanova

Mary Casanova is the author of thirty books, ranging from the picture book One-Dog Canoe to the historical fiction novel The Klipfish Code. Her awards include an American Library Association “Notable,” Aesop Accolades by the American Folklore Society, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, and two Minnesota Book Awards.



By Mary Casanova

Available: September 2012, University of Minnesota Press

264 pp., 5 1/2 x 8 ½, ISBN: 978-0-8166-8056-6, $16.95 hardcover



Praise for Frozen

“Compelling and believable.” —Kirkus Reviews

 “Suspenseful . . . Casanova creates a strong sense of place and ably establishes her story's historical context. The narrative confronts weighty issues including prostitution, mental illness, and political corruption . . . readers should find [Sadie Rose] an admirable heroine as she finds her voice and her future.” —Publishers Weekly

“Mary Casanova knows the lakes and woods of northern Minnesota as few other writers do, and she brings them to life along with an intriguing mystery set in that region's dark past.” —Marion Dane Bauer, author of On My Honor