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Above All Things

Tanis Rideout

Canadian poet Rideout thoughtfully reimagines British adventurer George Mallory's final attempt to scale Everest in her knockout debut. After a disastrous second attempt ends with seven lives being lost, George promises his wife, Ruth, that he is done with climbing. But the mountain lures him back, and in 1924, George leaves his wife and three small children behind in Cambridge to once again try to reach the mountain's summit. Why does Mallory keep attempting the seeming impossible? "Because it's there" he famously replied. A beautifully rendered story of love torn apart by obsession.