Reading this book was like watching someone start with an empty room and then fill it with perfectly arranged pieces that feel like home. Smith's prose is clean and elegant, but feels so fragile and yet deep at the same time, just like the glaciers the main character, Isabel, loves so much. Her writing is beautifully descriptive, yet uses few words to conjure just the right images in the reader's mind. I was whisked away instantly and fell in love with the characters. Reading this book made me feel exactly as the main character must have felt when indulging in her passion for postcards and seeing the the tip of the "glacier", knowing that underneath what we can see there is a massive story that we can only guess about. The beauty of the story lies in its brevity. It shows me only 1 day, only a brief set of memories, only a postcard of Isabel's life. The rest is up to the reader. This is one of the best short reads I've had in a very long time.