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About the Author

Cynthia Kraack is the author of Minnesota Cold and two unpublished novels. She is completing University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing. Her nonfiction work includes writing business simulation games which have received professional recognition for innovation and creativity. Cynthia was born and raised in Wisconsin and has lived in Minnesota all of her adult life. She is married and has two adult children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: North Star Pr of St Cloud; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878393234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878393237
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The High Cost of Flowers winning the 2015 Midwest Book Awards for Contemporary Fiction and for Literary Fiction changed how I think about the hours spent writing each book, short story or blog. As a voracious reader, I want to make sure that others have a good experience in the time they spend with my books. Both The High Cost of Flowers and Minnesota Cold, which won the 2009 NEMBA for Fiction, took many years to write. I'll never rush another book to press.

The real world is always close when I write, even with my speculative fiction books. You will always find characters who resemble someone at your place of work, in your neighborhood, sitting at your family gatherings. Maybe one of my stories will spark a conversation.

My bookshelves are jammed with books by Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, Pat Conroy, Toni Morrison,Hilary Mantel, William Gibson, Louise Erdrich, Sue Miller, Haruki Murakami, Maeve Binchy, Dave Eggers, Ken Follett, Olivia Butler, Kazuo Ishiguro, Terry McMillan and Stieg Larsson and many other authors. I switch back and forth between reading ebooks and physical books. Stephen King and Anne Lamott wrote my favorite writing craft books. I've found inspiration in Julia Cameron's The Artist Way and David Whyte's The Heart Aroused.

A teaching artist at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival told me to use my time writing instead of attending workshops. I can't remember her name, but she changed my direction.

If you want facts about my background: I have a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Educational Psychology and a degree in Journalism. I have lived my life in the Midwest.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. Davies on October 26, 2009
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"Minnesota Cold" is not about the persistent subzero winters we have here in the upper mid-west but about a state gone cold to the rest of the country, at least that's how I read the title--though the cover is the steely gray known to all who have wintered over in Minnesota. I read "Minnesota Cold" when it first came out in September having heard the author speak. Since then, images from the book come back to me at odd times. This is a work of speculative fiction in which the extreme hardship of a post-nuclear event in the year 2015 or so allows a totalitarian government of the highest order to take over the state of Minnesota as well at the the five surrounding states creating a new political and economic entity called the Minnesota Territory even while the rest of the country and Canada remain largely intact. We are past the worst of times when the story opens in 2035 but life has definitely changed. The large suburban home of Sally Dodge now houses all of her extended family as well as children placed there by the government--housing as well as the energy to maintain housing is scarce in this society. Sally is the matriarch, her government functionary husband having passed, and it is her state assigned job to run the household as a means of justifying her continued existence. I love that the story is told by an "old woman," old being more relative in 2035 than it is now. Sally, while vital at 75 years old, undergoes a youth-anizing (my term), while fleeing from a scheduled euthanizing, that lets her function as a woman in her middle 50s to fight the government that has made medical technology its main export industry.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SSB on February 21, 2011
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I bought the book based on the reviews (again) and found it lacking (again). It was better than most, however, and actually worked in a few parts. The "revolution" was not only too sketchily presented, but also, at the same time, boring. The characters, who were initially fairly well drawn, became very flat. I can suspend credulity for good fiction but found the notion of a "magic pill" that would reverse aging to be hard to believe, particularly given the dates for the story. It is a lovely idea, though.

The heroine's history of bad relationships and marriages weaken her believability. Her judgement is certainly in question. Even her Doug turned out to be a cad in many respects. Benjamin's ending showed little respect for her and her feelings.

I guess my primary problem with the book is that, while it enumerated the manifold threats to man and to society that actually exist today, there were no new ideas and no new solutions. (rejuv occurs in many science fiction books) How many ways can society self-destruct? Some authors can do that and create an interesting read, but not this one. The location was the only original idea that I noticed.

Who is Weaver? Where did he come from? Where did he go? What was his purpose?

More political statements abound than is conductive to good reading unless you agree with the author. The problem was that she would make the statement and then summarize the opposite idea in a sentence or two. It was hard to tell what she was trying to say. I respect anyone's right to make a statement, to hold an idea, or even to write about it, I just would like to know what side she is on. I nearly gave up on the book because the second half is boring. I did persevere, however, and finished the book. I give it two stars since I reserve one star for books I cannot finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JJames on October 24, 2011
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Just too much liberal politics. Good stories don't need to jab at those who have different views than yourself. It happens alot in music as well and those songs are usually the worst of the bunch.
The story was a bit slow moving. It wasn't until about half way through that you could describe to someone else what the plot was.
I gave it 3 stars because I like the Genre. If there were more in this Genre (Post Apocalyptic/non-zombie), it would have gotten 2 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Travis Cole on January 17, 2012
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I really did want to like this book. It got good reviews, but I just didn't care for it. The book seemed to go on and on with no point. It didn't have much story to it and I had to really force myself to keep reading. It is like one of those movies that you keep waiting and waiting for something exciting to happen and it never comes. Eventually you realize you waited all the time for nothing and wish you got your money back. It is probably my least liked Post Apocalypse type book I have read.
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Even liberals have a chance to survive after TSHTF & this is the world they would create for themselves if they did. All gather under Politician/Businessmen in cities to be closer to the 'supplies' the government hands out and governed by them as well. The P/B's even decide when you have contributed enough to the 'effort' and assign you a time to die. Of course, woe betide anyone who doesn't bow down to the inevitable as defined by the Government.

Well, I won't bow down and this Communist Liberal claptrap can go to the trash bin, if my Kindle had one.

Go spend your money on something with better reviews, Life is to Short to waste your reading time and money on this drek.
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