Marrow Island

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award Winner & Lambda Literary Finalist

ON SALE in Paperback June 7th, 2017

"Conjuring a lush and mysterious landscape, Marrow Island investigates the impact of the losses of the past--be they loved ones, failed quests, or the environmental calamities brought on by our collective blindness. By turns elegiac, compelling, and timely, it seeks real answers and finds the possibility of miracles. This is a beautiful novel.

—Edan Lepucki, author of California

"Atmospheric, intense, and mysterious - Alexis Smith's Marrow Island is a smart novel, richly peopled and lyrically written. Smith is a writer genuinely at home in the natural world, and willing to write truth, darkness, and beauty into the island landscape. She understands well how environmental pressure translates into human pressure and loss. An important, gripping book."

—Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Almost Famous Women


Finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction

Tin House Books, 2012

“Glaciers, Alexis Smith’s brilliant debut novel, is filled with kaleidoscopic pleasures. Using prose as clear as pure, cold air, Smith moves the narrative vertically as well as horizontally, each ticking minute yielding more insights into a young woman’s life revealed over one single day. The past, present, and imaginary future stream into beautifully unstable geometries: Isabel’s childhood snows from her youth in Alaska are juxtaposed against her adult trip to a vintage thrift store; her hopes for an evening party push against the echoes of war that haunt a young soldier whom she loves. Line by line, in and out of time, this is a haunted, joyful, beautiful book–a true gift.”

—Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

“Glaciers is a carefully precise and beautiful meditation on one young woman’s restless heart. It resonates like a haunting postcard from someone else’s life.”

—Kevin Sampsell, author of A Common Pornography

“I cannot easily remember the last time I’ve been so deeply moved as in this quiet treasure.”

—Douglas A. Martin, author of Outline of My Lover and Once You Go Back

“Alexis M. Smith’s Glaciers is a quietly powerful fairy tale. Smith’s voice, patient and understated and precise captures the poetry of loss and longing.”

—Cara Hoffman, author of So Much Pretty

“A delicate and piercing first novel. Glaciers is like a vintage dress: charming, understated and glinting with memories of loneliness and love.”

—Jane Mendelsohn, author of I was Amelia Earhart and American Music