In today's climate of hopelessness and despair, An Echo Through The Snow is a
story of relationships between unlikely people that compel them to persevere with
the belief that a better world is possible. Set in far eastern Siberia as well as the Red
Cliff Indian Reservation on Lake Superior in Wisconsin, both places are center stage
where the forces of personal and cultural destruction try to entice the characters
into surrender and desperation. It's only through conviction of the heart that Rosalie
McKenzie, Jeaantaa, and Tariem endeavor to bring that better world closer to
realization.


In 1919 when young Jeaantaa's betrothed dies in a hunt on the Bering Sea, she is
pressured into an unwanted marriage to Tariem, his older brother. Ten years later
as Stalin's Red Army advances to their village on the Bering seacoast, Jeaantaa
is forced to make a decision about their dogs, called guardians. Her actions put her
at odds with both her husband and the ancient ways of the Chukchi. Thwarting their
family's plan to escape into reindeer country, she vanishes after a meeting with
Robert Ramsay, a young man from Nome, Alaska. Her disappearance leaves
Tariem haunted for a lifetime as to her fate and the whereabouts of dozens of their
young dogs. Later in 1994 after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Tariem returns
with other villagers to reclaim their ancestral lands and culture after the decades
long ravages of Soviet domination.


In 1992, eighteen year old Rosalie McKenzie is her own worst enemy as she's at
odds with the world. Stuck in a destructive marriage along with a string of dead-end
jobs, she breaks ranks to save Smokey, an abused husky at great consequence
to her own well-being. As Rosalie gains a passion for this elegant animal, she
unwittingly ventures along a path of self discovery. Hired as a dog handler by Jan
and Dave, who own a local sled dog racing kennel, she finds herself center stage
in the world of competitive dog sledding. It's there she meets Charlie Gokee,
a veterinarian and retired Alaskan dog musher who sees in Rosalie all the spirit,
strength and potential she fails to recognize in herself. Rosalie shines as she comes
into her own. And it's through a series of mysterious events or remembrances that
Rosalie embodies the spirit of Jeaantaa as a contemporary Keeper of the Guardians.
Through Charlie, she meets legendary musher Robert Ramsay who opens doors
to the many puzzling dreams and intuitions that served as the initial impetus for
saving Smokey.


Readers of Echo are treated to vivid locations and highly charged emotional themes
that reveal little known historical and political events spanning sixty years. As the
narratives weave together they meet towards the end in a dramatic present time
conclusion where an ancient breed of canines, huskies that have thrived in the
homes and hearts of northern peoples, help to guide the way home.   
Synopsis:  AN ECHO THROUGH THE SNOW
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"Powerful debut...stark, gorgeous prose and a timeless story of love realized, lessons             
learned and paths taken."
  -Booklist (starred review)

"Beautifully drawn and emotionally resonant"   -Kirkus Review

"Don't pick it up unless you're able to step on the sled, listen to the dogs...in this                 
compelling and evocative novel."
 -Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.  (The Other End
of the Leash)

"...is a tightly woven tapestry of past and present...each path unfurls through the                 
book...marvelous descriptions of traditional Chukchi life, Siberia, dog sled training
and racing...the glorious huskies who are true, beating hearts of both women's
lives."
 -Bark Magazine"

"Thalasinos paints a vivid picture of stark Wisconsin...and in doing so draws...
the poetry of the landscapes, the interwoven stories and the rich emotional                           
connection between Rosalie and her dogs. An historic, inspiring and uplifting race
to the finish."
 -Modern Dog

"Andrea Thalasinos has written a sensitive and engaging story which beautifully                 
illustrates the ancient human/canine bond. Her rendering of the little known story
of the Chukchi people of Siberia is heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same                     
time. The interwoven stories of Jeaantaa and Rosalie and the dogs that mean so                  
much to them is destined to become a classic,"
  -Susan Wilson, New York Times              
bestselling author of
One Good Dog.
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