South pole Station

Picador USA, on Sale July 4, 2017

South Pole Station is a portrait painted with the whole palette—science and politics; art and history; love and frostbite—and all of it crackles with the can't-make-this-up details of life at the bottom of the world. What starts as an (extreme) travel adventure turns into an (extreme) comedy of manners and then things get (extremely) real and you (will definitely) cry. Sometimes it turns out a place was just waiting for the right person to tell its story; I think South Pole Station was waiting for Ashley Shelby.”

—Robin Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

USAP training "passport" for incoming Polies.

USAP training "passport" for incoming Polies.

“Turn the pages of Ashley Shelby's debut novel, South Pole Station, and meet the scientists, researchers, misfits, lovers, medics, plagiarists, cooks—and the handful of wannabe artists—who populate her marvelously vivid and insular society at the bottom of the globe. This is a terrific book: one that you can live in deeply while you're reading, only to reemerge after the final chapter, grateful and blinking, wondering where in the heck you are.”

—Julie Schumacher, national bestselling author of Dear Committee Members

 

“Ashley Shelby's debut South Pole Station is an absolute treasure. She's somehow written an infectious beach read about the coldest place on earth AND a stunning treatise on family, grief, creativity, and science. This book hits all the best notes of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and Catch 22 and has the warmth and wit to carve its way into even the iciest of hearts.”

—John Jodzio, author of Knockout

South Pole Station Winter-Over Crew, 2003 (including Lacy Shelby). Credit: Joy Culbertson and Karina Leppick.

South Pole Station Winter-Over Crew, 2003 (including Lacy Shelby). Credit: Joy Culbertson and Karina Leppick.

“I was dazzled by Ashley Shelby’s South Pole Stationa terrifically witty, insightful, and satisfying novel, peopled by memorable misfits thrown together in a hothouse of conflicting interests in the frozen Antarctic.”

Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen

Pole alumna and former production cook Lacy Shelby, circa 2003.

Pole alumna and former production cook Lacy Shelby, circa 2003.

“Prepare for the big chill! Ashley Shelby’s mismatched cast of characters are all powerfully drawn to the South Pole, each for their own reason; Shelby charts their respective courses with sensitivity, intelligence, and grace. Here is a brave, original novel about leaving the known and familiar world in order to find it again.”

Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of The House on Primrose Pond

South Pole Station is the brilliant story of artist and lost soul Cooper Gosling. In Antarctica, she meets the misfits and margin-dwellers with whom she has to navigate the webs of belief and knowledge, grief and hope, loneliness and love. South Pole Station reminds us that sometimes we have to go to the end of the earth to find what is within us.”

Frank Bures, author of The Geography of Madness