Joseph OLSHAN Joseph OLSHAN
Wolverine Cirque, one of the steepest and most dangerous ski runs in North America, looms over this taut, gripping tale of male athleticism and love.
Sam and Mike, top-notch skiers, hike miles off piste to face a harrowing headwall of snow, a sheer descent that challenges their skill, endurance and ultimately their ability to survive.
At the center of Olshan’s short story is Sam’s painful and poignant reminiscence of a complicated and doomed love affair with Luc, a Division I soccer player who struggles with his identity and the surprising power of his desire finally unleashed. As both men grapple with the intensity of their affection for one another, Sam is forced to reckon that his attempt to master Wolverine Cirque is really a futile effort to stay the arguably more difficult decline of his own youth.
“Joseph Olshan writes prose that sings.”
“Olshan’s novels are novels of great obsession, of transcendent moments
of perfect love set against a backdrop of hovering betrayal and death.”