The Ice Sings Back

When a young girl goes missing in the remote wilderness of the western Oregon Cascades, her disappearance sets off a chain of events that reveal a long history of violence, abuse of power, and environmental precarity. This is a story of how four women make sense of the everyday extraordinary traumas that contour their lives, and how their individual strengths come together to sing a fierce hymn of survival.





“Deftly written by a bold new writer equally adept at plumbing the depths of the human soul, navigating the stages of a wilderness search and rescue operation, or lovingly rendering the complex nature of glaciers.”
Joanna Kafarowski, author of Antarctic Pioneer and The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame

“Jackson adroitly weaves in science with the human connection to land, plants, and the power of glaciers.”
Maria Fadiman, PhD, Professor Geosciences, Florida Atlantic University, National Geographic Explorer, and Ethnobotanist

“M Jackson weaves her training as a scientist, intimate relationship with glaciers, explorer’s spirit, sensitivity to social justice, and literary soul into her masterpiece of a first novel.”
Nassim Assefi, author of Aria

“In this riveting debut novel, Dr. M Jackson knows the terrain on which her characters tread, thus giving her fiction a rare nonfictional authenticity.”
Saleem H. Ali, author of Earthly Order: How Natural Laws Define Human Life

“Jackson’s masterful story defies linear time and language and it’s ultimately an elegy for all harmed and disappeared women and girls, and for nature’s vanishing glaciers.”
Carol Devine, author of The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning 

The Ice Sings Back is written by a scientist who crafted it with the delicacy of a poet, and as a result, it contains the power of both.”
Prosanta Chakrabarty, author of Explaining Life Through Evolution

“This eloquent work of fiction is a brave attempt to cut open the hardest of hearts and let in the suffering of a planet.”
Clare Fieseler, author of No Boundaries: 25 Women Explorers and Scientists Share Adventures, Inspiration, and Advice

“A haunting, gritty, incisive portrayal of trauma and empathy, The Ice Sings Back . . . [is] a powerful fiction debut, alive with vivid landscape imagery and electric dialogue between fascinating, troubled people.”
Nathaniel Ian Miller, author of The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven

Environmentally-rich titles weaving women’s stories and hope:
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, 2018
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang, 2018
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah, 2019
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, 2001
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid, 1997

The Ice Sings Back contains depictions of verbal and physical abuse; death of parents; death of a child; misogyny and sexist language.

About the Author

Photo © Jake Dyson, NatGeo

Dr. M Jackson is a geographer, glaciologist, and science communicator exploring the intersections of societal transformation, glaciology, and climate change. Jackson is a National Geographic Society Explorer, TED Fellow, and three-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar, including two U.S. Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research grants. Jackson holds a doctorate and post-doctorate from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Montana. She serves as a U.S. Fulbright Ambassador, an Expert for National Geographic Expeditions, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia. Jackson is an active public speaker and author of the award-winning science books The Secret Lives of Glaciers (2019) and While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change (2015). Jackson is the star of the Netflix hit series, Pirate Gold of Adak Island, and the climate and energy host on Crash Course. Jackson has worked for over a decade in the Arctic and Antarctic exploring changing climates and communities.

About the Cover Artist/Illustrator

Cover artist Laura Harbage in her Vermont studio working on the artwork for the front cover.

Between her rural Michigan roots and a childhood filled with cross-country camping trips, Laura is at home in nature. Though her first love and primary medium is photography, Laura has also discovered a passion for gouache, watercolor, and digital design giving her another way to express the beauty she sees in the world around her. Currently living and working in Vermont, Laura continues to paint, take pictures, and enjoy long walks in the woods with her husband and dog.



324 pages; 6 x 9 / Hardcover
$24.95 print / $12.99 e-book
ISBN: 979-8-9865324-1-7 (cloth)
Publication Date: January 10, 2023
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