This hybrid novel―part research notes, part fictionalized diary, and part travelogue―uses the stories of polar exploration to make sense of the protagonist’s own concerns as she comes of age as an artist, a daughter, and a sister to an autistic brother.
Written in short bursts, like dispatches from the Arctic, Brother in Ice takes readers on an unlikely journey ... The lack of a traditional plot is buoyed by the book’s startling pace, which makes for a fresh and invigorating read.
[A] curious book, a composite of capsule history, essays and fictionalized memoir... Brother in Ice is something like a scrapbook of the years she devoted to researching these explorers and the mythology around them.