North of the Tension Line (Paperback)

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I've always wondered what it would be like to live year round in Door County.  Riordan offers a glimpse into what happens off-season on Washington Island.  Fiona Campbell buys a home in need of TLC and meets her neighbors.  She learns small time life isn't quite what she imagined.

— From Elisabeth


Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy her city tastes. But she is fascinated and repelled by the furthest tip of Door County peninsula, Washington Island, utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life. Fiona's visits there leave her refreshed in spirit, but convinced that only lunatics and hermits could survive a winter in its frigid isolation. In a moment of weakness, Fiona is goaded into accepting a dare that she cannot survive the winter on the island in a decrepit, old house. Armed with some very fine single malt scotch and a copy of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Fiona sets out to win the dare, and discovers that small town life is not nearly as dull as she had foreseen. Abandoning the things she has always thought important, she encounters the vicious politics of small town life, a ruthless neighbor, persistent animals, a haunted ferry captain, and the peculiar spiritual renewal of life north of the tension line.

About the Author

J. F. Riordan has worked in opera, in the classroom, and in philanthropy, but her first love is writing. She is the author of four novels in the award winning 'North of the Tension Line' series, and a book of essays, Reflections on a Life in Exile. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three dogs.

Praise For…

2015 Gold IPPY Award in Great Lakes-Best Regional Fiction — Independent Publisher Book Awards

Product Details
ISBN: 9780825308291
ISBN-10: 0825308291
Publisher: Beaufort Books
Publication Date: June 6th, 2016
Pages: 476
Language: English
Series: North of the Tension Line