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Gretel Ehrlich

Gretel Ehrlich is the author of This Cold Heaven, The Future of Ice, and The Solace of Open Spaces, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She lives in Wyoming.

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Gretel Ehrlich's Books

Facing the Wave

Facing the Wave

**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)****Kansas City Star Best Books of the Year (2013)**A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art...

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The Future of Ice

The Future of Ice

This book was written out of Gretel Ehrlich’s love for winter–for remote and cold places, for the ways winter frees our imagination and invigorates our feet, mind, and soul–and...

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This Cold Heaven

This Cold Heaven

For the last decade, Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the treacherous beauty of a world that is defined by ice. In This Cold Heaven...

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Facing the Wave by Gretel Ehrlich

Facing the Wave by Gretel Ehrlich

…their world utterly transformed by loss, grief, destruction, and the urgent need to reconstruct their homes, their towns, and their lives. A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in villages and towns where all shelter and hope seeme…

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Knopf Poem-a-Day: April 28, Gretel Ehrlich’s FACING THE WAVE

The writer Gretel Ehrlich, a longtime passionate student of Japanese poetry and culture, returned to Japan in 2011 after an earthquake and Tsunami devastated the Tohoku coast. As Ehrlich explains, during a literally earth-shattering six minutes on March 11, there were “Three sorrows: quake, tsunami, meltdown. In the quake’s ‘seismic moment,’ the total energy released was two hundred thousand times the energy at the eart…

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