First-time Author Receives Prestigious Northeastern Minnesota Book Award -- “Minnesota Cold,” by Cynthia Kraack Wins in Fiction Category

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“Readers who loved 1984, Brave New World, Soylent Green, Farenheit 451 or The Handmaidan’s Tale, will devour this book too. Rigorously platted and carefully written, the author brings Minnesota into a frightening fictional future with no holds barred and no politically correct nods to outmoded decorum.”

Is this fiction or is it a glimpse into a probable future?

The 22nd Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth and Friends of the Duluth Public Library, presented St. Paul author Cynthia Kraack with their 2010 award for best fiction. Kraack’s debut novel, “Minnesota Cold” is a brilliantly conceived back-to-the-future tale of a dysfunctional family dealing with situational ethics, morality and survival of the fittest in 2035.

Ian Graham Leask, host of KFAI’s “Write On! Radio,” states: “Readers who loved 1984, Brave New World, Soylent Green, Farenheit 451 or The Handmaidan’s Tale, will devour this book too. Rigorously platted and carefully written, the author brings Minnesota into a frightening fictional future with no holds barred and no politically correct nods to outmoded decorum.”

“Minnesota Cold” is set in post nuclear 2035. The story unfolds through the eyes of Sallie Dodge, a 75-year old mother and grandmother who learns that she has been designated for early termination by the resource allocation board, in an Orwellian Minnesota Territory, which has seceded from the greater United States. Flashbacks reveal Sallie’s life story and the wisdom and courage she summons as she confronts the possibility that her eldest daughter may be responsible for her death sentence. Cleverly weaving memories of the past into present moments, the reader is taken on an emotional journey that examines the potential for a political system, which controls all aspects of life and death in a technologically monitored environment. With death panels, rationed medical care and few civil liberties, this well-crafted plot begs the question: “Is this fiction or is it a glimpse into a probable future?”

Ms. Kraack is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Journalism, she also holds a Masters in Labor Economics and Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She spent many years in corporate communications, where her achievements were recognized by various professional organizations. She is currently completing “Ashwood,” the first of a trilogy of futuristic novels to be released in September 2010, by North Star Press, Inc. publisher of “Minnesota Cold.”

For more information or to request a review copy of “Minnesota Cold,” or to arrange an author interview, contact Annemarie Osborne at Annemarie.Osborne (at) gmail (dot) com or visit http://www.minnesotacold.com. Cynthia Kraack may be contacted at Cynthia (at) cynthiakraack (dot) com.

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