The Ice Sings Back

We are proud to announce a fiction debut from National Geographic Society Explorer, TED Fellow, and Netflix “Pirate Gold of Adak Island” headliner Dr. M Jackson. In the eco-thriller THE ICE SINGS BACK, a young girl goes missing in the wilderness of the western Oregon Cascades and four women – medic, daughter, mother, & scientist – are engulfed by a spectacular tragedy that is no more than an everyday occurrence in their community, one which reveals a long history of violence, abuse of power, and environmental precarity that surrounds them.

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

Dr. M Jackson is a geographer, glaciologist, TED Fellow, and National Geographic Society Explorer. M earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon where she examined how climate change transformed people and glacier communities in Iceland. M is the recipient of many grants and awards, including three U.S. Fulbright grants and a U.S. Fulbright Ambassadorship. M currently serves as an Arctic Expert for the National Geographic Society, holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Montana, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia. She’s worked for over a decade in the Arctic chronicling climate change and communities, guiding backcountry trips and exploring glacial systems. Her 2015 memoir, While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change, weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of a family and a planet change. Her 2019 book, The Secret Lives of Glaciers, explores the profound impacts of glacier change on the human and physical geography of Iceland. M starrd in the Netflix series “Pirate Gold of Adak Island.” This is her first novel. M travels extensively giving public talks and lectures on climate change and women in science.

About the Cover Artist/Illustrator
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.


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

324 pages; 6 x 9 / Hardcover
$24.95 print / $9.99 e-book
ISBN: 979-8-9865324-1-7 (cloth)
Publication Date: January 10, 2023
Distributor: IPG / Chicago
Rights sold: All rights available.
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Distributor: IPG; also available through Ingram, Follett/Baker & Taylor, and other wholesalers.

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