I have to agree with a previous review that said this novel was bleak and cold. If you take one look at the cover it doesn't lie. I should have believed it. The story weaved back and forth between several characters in the setting of a remote fishing village in Alaska. Upon reading this book, I never want to visit Alaska. The writer conveyed the parallel mood of the setting with the characters very well. I sure hope that not everyone who lives in Alaska are desperate, unfulfilled, depressed, resigned, or detached potheads. I'm not sure why I brought this book home or why I finished it. The writing style was good. Although, I did have some trouble following the dialogue. The ending was very unsatisfying. Could be that I just didn't "get" it. The references to some old european languages and stories??? In the end, I kept reading it, but I sure would not recommend it to any of my friends.