Fram (Paperback)

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Does your job hold you back? Oscar’s certainly does. Although he once dreamt of exploring the Arctic, he now works as a low-level functionary in the US government’s Bureau of Ice Prognostication, monitoring the tundra via web cam. But life contains surprises, and soon Oscar finds himself carried away on a mysterious adventure in the Arctic that’ll put into practice his lifetime of dreaming. An adventure story in the spirit of Douglas Adams, FRAM shows Steve Himmer’s mastery of the satirical and the bittersweet.

— Ben


Fram is the story of Oscar, a minor bureaucrat in the US government's Bureau of Ice Prognostication, an agency created to compete with the Soviets during the heyday of the Cold War and still operating in the present without the public's knowledge. Oscar and his partner Alexi are tasked with inventing discoveries and settlements in the Arctic, then creating the paperwork and digital records to prove their existence, preventing the inconvenience and expense of actual exploration. The job is the closest Oscar has come to his boyhood dream of being a polar explorer, until he and Alexi are sent on a secret mission to the actual Arctic, which brings them into a mysterious tangle of rival agencies and espionage that grows more dangerous the farther north they travel. The trip also allows Oscar to reconnect with his wife, Julia, from whom he's grown alienated by years of lying about what he does for a living (a distance compounded by Julia's own secret government job), leading both of them to discover what can be lost if we let one part of ourselves--or one part of a story--distract us from everything else the world offers.

About the Author

Steve Himmer is the author of the novel The Bee-Loud Glade (2011) and editor of the webjournal Necessary Fiction. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including The Millions, Ploughshares, Post Road, Hobart, 3: AM Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review. He lives with his wife and daughter near Boston, where he teaches at Emerson College.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781935439981
ISBN-10: 1935439987
Publisher: Ig Publishing
Publication Date: January 13th, 2015
Pages: 248
Language: English