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Leaves on Frozen Ground

Leaves on Frozen Ground

By Dave Carty

Céline Vaillancourt saw the untamed forest in shades of apprehension. But Edmund, her 11-year-old son, was possessed of a different vision, as though he had put the very same brooding colors together and produced a painting shot through with adventure and the light of discovery. There was no talking to him. But talk no longer seemed to matter. Edmund was his father's son, stubborn and willful. His dog and the wild country beyond their orchard owned his heart. But now it was December, and cold. And neither dog nor boy were paying attention.


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226 pages |

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In Leaves on Frozen Ground, Dave Carty creates a fictional world that resonates with passion, sadness, and unexpected loss. His depictions of nature, family, and small-town life don’t just ring true, but are rendered in flawless prose and with a mastery of scenic construction that leave the reader tearfully in awe. I can’t wait to read Carty’s next novel. He’s a budding master of the form.


From start to finish, Carty’s vivid descriptions, careful character development, and dexterous use of metaphor make this book a pleasure to read. Insightful throughout, at times profound, Leaves on Frozen Ground is the work of a fine writer and keen observer of the human condition.

Mike England, Outside Bozeman

A complex, heart wrenching, deftly scripted page turner of a read, "Leaves on Frozen Ground" by Dave Carty is a complex and memorable novel by an author with a genuine flair for a reader engaging narrative storytelling style. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections, "Leaves on Frozen Ground" is one of those novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf.

Midwest Book Review


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About the author

David Edward Carty was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1955. He attended public schools and eventually Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, where he studied journalism but left two semesters prior to receiving his degree. After nearly a decade of working at mostly low-level, blue collar jobs, he returned to writing and commenced a 30-year career as a freelancer. Leaves On Frozen Ground is his first published novel.