The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith

The Ice House

From a writer who's been praised for her "intelligence, heart, wit" (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls), The Ice House follows the beleaguered MacKinnons as they weather the possible loss of the family business, a serious medical diagnosis, and the slings and arrows of familial discord.Johnny MacKinnon might be on the verge of losing it all. The...

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The Ice House Reviews

  • Paula DeBoard
    I picked up The Ice House once, read the first chapter, and wasn’t all that thrilled. Then I tried again, and I’m glad I did. The writing felt a bit clunky and uneven at the opening, but this quickly became a great read—relatable but somewhat quirky characters, all-too-real but stuff-...
  • Korynne
    Caution: For erudite audiences only. That was seriously my first reaction to this book once I finished it. There are so many sesquipedalian words in this book that I had to read it with a dictionary on hand to look up new words every few pages. At first, I thought that the author is very intelligent...
  • Joy D
    Adult contemporary fiction about forgiveness, courage, and redemption disguised as a family drama about a couple who owns an ice factory. Contains one of the most well-drawn set of characters in a book I’ve read this year. One of the secondary characters, Chemal, is among my all-time favorites....
  • Bonnye Reed
    GNab If you have read other reviews of this special novel, you may think me addlepated when I tell you that this is an excellent feel good tale. After all, 30 year old Corran, though currently in his fifth phase of freedom from heroin addiction and settled in a small drug free town on Loch Linnhe, S...
  • Diane S ☔
    Thoughts soon....
  • Barbara
    3.5Stars: “The Ice House” by Laura Lee Smith is a satisfying read about a man in the midst of crisis in all aspects of his life. His business is facing a shutdown; his son won’t talk to him; his wife seems restless; and his physical health is precarious. Johnny MacKinnon is a native S...
  • Lynn Pribus
    Wonderful book, wonderfully written with wit and authenticity and with what one reviewer called "robust characters." People you care about and a wonderful elderly dachshund called General.Amusing, sad, emotional, and utterly engaging.(Can you tell I liked it?)...
  • SueKich
    The (N)ice House.Congratulations to relatively new author Laura Lee Smith on writing The Ice House. She gives us a good story peopled with believable characters (I particularly liked Chemal, the kid next door). Most impressive is the dialogue which I found totally believable. The tale is told in a s...
  • Tooter
    I've read more 5 star books this year than any other. Love it!...

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