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Midge Raymond is an award-winning short-story writer who worked in publishing in New York before moving to Boston, where she taught creative writing. She has published two books for writers, Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing. Midge lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she is co-founder of the boutique publisher Ashland Creek Press. My Last Continent is her first novel.
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August 2016 Debut of the Month. Unexpected and unique, this is a beautiful debut novel to immerse yourself and become lost in. Deb is a naturalist, studying penguins and acting as a tour guide on a research ship in the Antarctic. When tragedy strikes, it is in a world of mesmerising, stark yet brutal beauty. This tale doesn't run concurrently, instead Midge Raymond slides the story around in time, it isn't disjointed however, the flow of fractured information actually adds layer upon fascinating layer while never forgetting what is to come. Deb always tells her story in the moment, allowing a deeper understanding and connection to grow. ‘My Last Continent’ isn't just a love story, it is full of danger and suspense, it transports you to another world, and encourages reflection and compassion. I was moved, I was in fact, entirely captivated by ‘My Last Continent’ and recommend this thought provoking, eloquent novel. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Midge Raymond’s debut novel is a captivating and intelligent examination of love, and of connection—to people, place and work. The story of Deb and Keller is as much about Antarctica, that remote, beautiful and little-known place, as it is about two people for whom relationships have been a troubling mystery. My Last Continent is a wonderful piece of writing. It envelops readers in the icy air of the south and confounds our expectations of what a love story can be. And it has penguins—lots of penguins. I was immediately won over by the detail with which land and sea, characters and animals alike are sketched. Take the journey! ~ David Winter, Editor, Text Publishing