A writer with Northwest roots who now splits her time between New York and Seattle, Susan Froderberg is here this evening with her new novel, Mysterium (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a book that itself has a certain rootedness in people from this region. Based to a degree on the 1976 death of Nanda Devi Unsoeld - part of the Unsoeld family that included Congresswoman Jolene Unsoeld, and Evergreen educator/mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, who himself would perish on a climb in 1979. Nanda Devi Unsoeld’s death occurred while climbing the Himalayan peak she was named for. Susan Froderberg’s novel doesn’t try and tell all of that story, rather poses various questions, along with vividly rendering that kind of landscape and people’s tenuous place in it.
"Froderberg has a firm grasp on the technical aspects of climbing, as well as its many dangers . . . The book offers the unusual combination of an intellectual challenge coupled with a brutal but ecstatic story."—Publishers Weekly.