Lily Tuck, "Ice"

An older couple takes a cruise through Antarctica.

(from The American Scholar, Spring 2010)

I suppose it’s a bit heavy-handed to sail these two emotionally distant old warhorses into the coldest place on earth, but Tuck is gentle about it. It was only when I put the story down that I realized Maud and Peter’s journey into ever icier waters corresponds with their deteriorating moods. I liked this story, mostly because its strange mix of claustrophobia (the relationship, the tiny cabin) and expansiveness (the open water, the immense icebergs).

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