Published by Picador in July, South Pole Station is a warmhearted comedy of errors set in the world’s harshest place, that is wry and witty about the courage it takes to band together when everything around you falls apart.
Cooper Gosling isn’t sure if it’s an achievement to qualify for life at the South Pole Station, but she knows she has nothing to lose. Unmoored by a recent family tragedy, she’s adrift at thirty and—despite her early promise as a painter—on the verge of sinking her career. So she accepts her place in the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers Program and flees to Antarctica, where she encounters a group of misfits motivated by desires as ambiguous as her own. The only thing the Polies have in common is the conviction that they don’t belong anywhere else. Then a fringe scientist arrives, claiming climate change is a hoax. His presence will rattle this already-imbalanced community, bringing Cooper and the Polies to the center of a global controversy and threatening the ancient ice chip they call home.