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Dixon, descending : a novel / Karen Outen.

Outen, Karen, (author.).

"A powerful, heart-wrenching debut novel about ambition, survival, and our responsibility toward one another. Dixon was once an Olympic-level runner. But he missed the team by two-tenths of a second, and ever since that pain decades ago, he hasn't allowed a goal to consume him. But when his charming older brother, Nate, suggests that they attempt to be the first Black American men to summit Mount Everest, Dixon can't refuse. The brothers are determined to prove something--to themselves and to each other. Dixon interrupts his orderly life as a school psychologist, leaving behind disapproving friends, family, and one particularly fragile student, Marcus. Once on the mountain, they are met with extreme weather conditions, oxygen deprivation, and precarious terrain. But as much as they've prepared for this, Mt. Everest is always fickle. And in one devastating moment, Dixon's world is upended. Dixon returns home and attempts to resume his job, but things have shifted: for him and for the students he left behind when he chose Mt. Everest. Ultimately, Dixon must confront the truth of what happened on the mountain and come to terms with who can and cannot be saved. Dixon, descending offers us a captivating, shattering portrait of the ways we're reshaped by our decisions--and what it takes to angle ourselves, once again, toward hope"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593473450
  • ISBN: 0593473450
  • Physical Description: 319 pages : map ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Dutton, [2024]
Subject: Middle class African Americans > Fiction.
African American men > Fiction.
Brothers > Fiction.
Mountaineering > Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) > Fiction.
Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) > Fiction.
Ambition > Fiction.
Wilderness survival > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Sports fiction.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library f (Text) 33062009834855 New Adult Fiction Available -
Easton Main Library OUTEN (Text) 31901004774099 New Adult Fiction Available -

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