South of Superior (Paperback)

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JULY 2013

This is a heartwarming and thoughtful novel written by a Grand Marais,
Michigan, resident, and it's one of my favorite books! The story takes
place in Grand Marais, with a young woman moving there to take care of
two aging women, and ending up learning a great deal about love and
life. Madeline, the main character, meets the proprietor of a local
diner and becomes romantically interested in him. A young boy, whose
mother is rather neglectful, is taken in by Madeline, and this young boy
is probably my favorite character in the book. This is a great read,
and its fun knowing that Ellen Airgood (the author) is maried to the
owner of a diner in Grand Marais.

Come check out my other picks!

— jill

June 2011 Indie Next List

“This story is like immersion therapy for anyone who has fantasized about a simpler life in a small town in a beautiful location. The town is McAllister, Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior, as seen through the eyes of a young woman from Chicago who has come to make her home and, hopefully, a livelihood there. The learning curve is steep as she contends with a challenging climate, difficult economic times, and the complications of being part of a small, tight community. You will fall in love with McAllister, where every character is, of necessity, strong and where the currency is not measured in dollars, but rather in resourcefulness.”
— Jeanne Regentin, Between the Covers, Harbor Springs, MI


A novel full of heart, in which love, friendship, and charity teach a young woman to live a bigger life.

When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change.

Charged with caring for an aging family friend, Madeline finds herself in the middle of beautiful nowhere with Gladys and Arbutus, two octogenarian sisters-one sharp and stubborn, the other sweeter than sunshine. As Madeline begins to experience the ways of the small, tight-knit town, she is drawn into the lives and dramas of its residents. It's a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but friendship, community, and compassion run deeper. As the story hurtles alongfeaturing a lost child, a dashed love, a car accident, a wedding, a fire, and a romantic reunionGladys, Arbutus, and the rest of the town teach Madeline more about life, love, and goodwill than she's learned in a lifetime.

A heartwarming novel, South of Superior explores the deep reward in caring for others, and shows how one who is poor in pocket can be rich in so many other ways, and how little it often takes to make someone happy.

About the Author

Ellen Airgood runs a diner in Grand Marais, Michigan. This is her first novel.

Praise For…

"A heartwarming debut." -Kirkus

"Airgood's engaging debut is the novel, brimming with quirky characters, that everyone who moves to a small, tightly knit town imagines he or she might someday write." -Booklist

"Ellen Airgood's debut is a warmhearted novel that would be great ot take on vacation to while away some leisure hours." -Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594485763
ISBN-10: 1594485763
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: May 2012
Pages: 384
Language: English