Abandoned as a baby, Kotzebue is named for the small Northwest Alaskan town where she was found. In search of her identity, the young oil pipeline worker finds Roswitha, a middle- aged exile from East Berlin who runs the town library with quiet efficiency, in an attempt to smother an old grief. A fraught but ultimately healing relationship unfolds between the snowy sky and the polar sea until Roswitha takes the young Inuit to Berlin.


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