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The snow will add a few more inches to this year's already So far this month,the Fox Valley region has received 4. The snow should end early Tuesday morning. Conditions could worsen later in the week. The National Weather Service says "a stronger system" could arrive Wednesday night through Thursday night, bringing with it the chance for more snow accumulation in northeastern and east-central Wisconsin.

Here's why that could be a big problem. Contact Benita Mathew at or bmathew gannett. Most areas in central and northeast Wisconsin will see one to two inches of snow Monday night. She could not get the window open to yell out to him but sent her older son out to rescue Josh. The older son dragged a toboggan up the snowdrift, the snow coming to above his knees, lifting a leg and plunking it down, lifting plunking doggedly as Josh continued to scream and cry. The older brother stopped and buried his hands into the snow and under Josh's armpits and pulled him straight up and out of the snowdrift.

One of Josh's boots came off in the snow, the brother couldn't retrieve it. He put Josh on the toboggan and pulled him by its rope down the snowdrift and back around to the front of the house. The weather repeated itself the next weekend and the weekend after that. The parents laughed and poured amber liqueur into their snifters. Let's invite the neighbors, let's feast against the winter and so they put twelve year old Annelise in charge of all the kids. The neighbors came over on snowshoes with poles in their hands and their children strapped to their backs.

Inside, they shed their gear and sent all the children to the basement with Annelise, who had never been in charge of anyone besides her little brother, Cal, before. All twelve children sent to the basement and the music was turned up loud and the adults did shots and cursed the snow and Bill Watley pissed out the back door, watching to see if his yellow stream would harden into ice in mid-air.

The snow covered the windows and blocked the front door and the adults laughed and danced and paired off while Annelise corralled the children and the babies and the toddlers in the basement. The couples paired and re-paired and the children came up and raided the cupboards and the fridge and ate standing up, at a loss, and after awhile the snowplows didn't bother to come and the newspapers stopped the presses and the mail ceased and the cold moon rose over the wide expanse of frozen, crusted snow every night until seven months later when it had finally melted off, and the light-up Christmas deer and the light-up Christmas angels emerged whole and undamaged and Josh Grayson's boot lay on the cool, frightened grass but nobody looked for it and nobody cared.

There's a lovely timlessness about this piece — almost fable-like. I also enjoyed how the detail in the people and in their interactions keep you believing.

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Very nicely done. Balanced perfectly between almost nostalgic Americana and the end-of-world horror story, everything here is beautifully rendered, entirely credible, daring. The piece darts into Jenny Patterson and Margaret Grayson's lives, as if it had settled finally on a focus character, then moves on.


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The last images will stick in my mind forever. Finally, the story accurately depicts a North Dakota winter for me. The mood is festive with the first awesome blizzards, then frightened as the sky keeps falling and finally,there is no mood only claustrophobia. You're buried. You no longer believe in Spring. Kathy, you are the gold standard for story writing.

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Beautifully written as always, Kathy, but I love in particular how you build the narrative up while having the characters adapt to the changes. Very well done.

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Oh how beautifully realized and rendered. It was pure enjoyment reading this one. I could see it all every bit of it. Oh yes - Great piece.


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Wonderful sense of the moment, Kathy. Really like your approach to phrasing in this piece. I love the intro Kathy, you are a master storyteller.

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Not to sound all egg-heady here, but I was just rereading Faulkner's Nobel speech yesterday and within every story of yours lie 'the old verities and truths of the heart' Faulkner calls for. I thought too of Joyce's "The Dead" and not just because of all the snow. Loved this, Kathy. Reminded me of blizzards in Colorado and snow days that went on and on. And yes, people did stock up at the liquor store. It was more important than getting food. You've captured the festiveness of it Wonderfully wrought. This was totally chilling in every respect, and incredibly GOOD!!!

The way the voice rolled on with the everlasting snows That you've taken this all the way through, the inevitability of the absurdity, makes it priceless. I loved this story. It was especially transcendent for me because I live in San Antonio, where it snows every other year. A tuly enjoyable read, and I agree, the story itself is remarkable. Thanks Myfanwy, Katarina and Marcus.

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It's really great to get more reads for this so thanks to Susan as well! Just found this, thanks to the interview. Truly delightful. It reminds me of the storm we had here last February This has a tremendous rhythm and power. I could feel something moving and rolling over underneath all of this as if this was the first movement of a large, dark orchestral piece. Extremely effective. I can hardly put my finger on it, but you have done real wonders, here, with this.

Kathy, like James, I don't know how I missed this one. Truly beautiful and haunting.