Fast Into the Night

Fast Into the Night

A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail

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A captivating memoir of one woman's attempt to finish the Iditarod, led by her team of spunky huskies with whom she shares a fascinating and inextricable bond

At age forty-seven, a mother of two, Debbie Moderow was not your average musher in the Iditarod, but that's where she found herself when, less than 200 miles from the finish line, her dogs decided they didn't want to run anymore. After all her preparation, after all the careful management of her team, and after their running so well for over a week, the huskies balked. But the sting of not completing the race after coming so far was nothing compared to the disappointmentModerow felt in having lost touch with her dogs.

Fast into the Night is the gripping story of Moderow's journeys along the Iditarod trail with her team of spunky huskies: Taiga and Su, Piney and Creek, Nacho and Zeppy, Juliet and the headstrong leader, Kanga. The first failed attempt crushed Moderow's confidence, but after reconnecting with her dogs she returned and ventured again to Nome, pushing through injuries, hallucinations, epic storms, flipped sleds, and clashing personalities, both human and canine. And she prevailed.

Part adventure, part love story, part inquiry into the mystery of the connection between humans and dogs, Fast into the Night is an exquisitely written memoir of a woman, her dogs, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt--and soldiers on.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780544484122
Branch Call Number: 798.83 MOD
Characteristics: 262 pages

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ChristchurchLib Jan 17, 2017

Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race, held annually in March, presents a grueling, dangerous test of dog teams and the human "mushers" who run them. In Fast into the Night, amateur musher Debbie Moderow relates her experiences training for the Iditarod and twice attempting the race, focusing on her relationship with her dogs as a significant aspect of her life and the most important component of the racing team. Weaving her life's story into her account of how she fell in love with Huskies and mushing, Moderow's engaging memoir takes readers along on her thrilling adventures.

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Apr 03, 2016

I enjoyed this true story of a 47 year old Mom running the Iditarod. Some nonfiction is hard to get through, but I found this to be well written and easy to read. If you love dogs and adventure, this book is for you.

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