The Ice House

The Ice House

From a writer who's been praised for her "intelligence, heart, wit" (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls), The Ice House follows the beleaguered MacKinnons as they weather the possible loss of the family business, a serious medical diagnosis, and the slings and arrows of familial discord. Johnny MacKinnon might be on the verge of losing it all. The From a writer who's been praised for her "intelligence, heart, wit" (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of E...

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Title:The Ice House
Author:Laura Lee Smith
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0802127088
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

The Ice House Reviews

  • Rebecca Tolley
    Jan 17, 2018
    Received a review copy. Surprisingly good and engrossing; didn't want to put it down, but had to close my eyes to sleep a few hours before finishing this on a snowday from work. The first few pages made me think it'd be a typical tropey 'southern' fiction novel, but the writer's cl...
  • Kathleen
    Feb 21, 2018
    For the first 150 pages or so, I thought I was reading a 5 star book. The early descriptions of the ice plant and its workers was hilarious. I had a feel for what I thought might happen. Then everything changes and the book goes a different direction. I still liked it, but struggled wi...
  • Debbie
    Mar 09, 2018
    This was such an enjoyable family drama ? I liked just about everything about it: ? The location ? Jacksonville, FL and Scotland. I loved that Laura Lee Smith drew attention to the bird rookery located at the Alligator farm in St. Augustine. I?ve visited in spring when the bir...
  • Brady
    Apr 09, 2018
    A really quick and fairly easy read. Good, solid characters for the most part - loved the Chemal character. He was fantastic comic relief. Might have benefited from pairing down the number of characters who were given chapters from their perspective and spent more time on a few of the ...
  • Mary Robinson
    Sep 08, 2017
    I enjoy a novel that takes me deep into the characters' lives and leaves me wondering about their futures. The Ice House is just such a book. We follow a few months of the life of Johnny, known as Ice to his employees, and his immediate family and coworkers. He and his wife own an ice ...
  • Julia
    Jan 28, 2018
    This is a new author for me. I saw this novel promoted, as it was just published and so picked it up after reading the jacket review. I was not disappointed at all in the story. I read it in 3 days on a road trip. One reviewer calls it a "tour de force" which simply means that it is...
  • Rachel Watkins
    Sep 13, 2017
    I love sweeping family dramas and Laura Lee Smith's THE ICE HOUSE shares the story of the MacKinnons which encompasses mid-life health issues, family business troubles, a son with a drug problem and all the interesting nuances that being human and aging brings to the forefront. Smith k...
  • Lynn Pribus
    Jan 28, 2018
    Wonderful book, wonderfully written with wit and authenticity and with what one reviewer called "robust characters." People you care about and a wonderful elderly dachshund called General. Amusing, sad, emotional, and utterly engaging. (Can you tell I liked it?) ...
  • Andrea
    May 30, 2017
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Pretty much a solid three. At times I really liked; other I could have walked away. The story wavered between engaging and not. Set in current day Florida, The Ice House is an ice factory owned [inherited] by Paul...
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 08, 2017
    Thoughts soon. ...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Dec 21, 2017
    The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith is a highly recommended family drama ultimately about forgiveness in spite of differences. Johnny MacKinnon, 53, and his second wife Pauline, 50, are the owners of the Bold City Ice Plant, an inherited ice house business, located in Jacksonville, Flo...
  • Peebee
    Dec 16, 2017
    Wow, what a book. I often do not enjoy books like this but this one really grabbed me. It started off a little slow, and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. The setting of the scene in the beginning was a little formulaic in its description of the physical scenery and the characte...
  • Dunja *a chain reader*
    Dec 06, 2017
    Johnny MacKinnon is leading a good life, but suddenly changes start to occur. First, there is an accident in the ice factory (where he is the COO), and then comes the OSHA investigation, which may result in a fine so big that he and his wife will be forced to shut down the factory. To ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 26, 2018
    Scottish-born Johnny is in crisis. Happily married to Pauline, Johnny is facing an investigation that could end the family business- an ice manufacturing company; he's not speaking with his recently drug-free son, Corran, who lives in Scotland; and he learns he has a potentially fatal ...
  • Myndi
    May 04, 2017
    Original Review: Mad Book Love First off, the blurb about this book is terrible. It doesn?t come close to doing the book justice. Which is why I refuse to summarize it because I?ll probably tank it, too. But I?ll tell you what it?s really about. It?s about family, love, co...
  • Angie
    Aug 05, 2017
    It's more than the Ice House! Second chances, choices, forgiveness, letting go versuses giving up! This story finds Johnny MacKinnon stuggling with both his future and his past. Johnny and his second wife, Pauline, own an Ice House in Florida. While finding themselves up to their elbow...
  • Korynne
    Sep 10, 2017
    Caution: For erudite audiences only. That was seriously my first reaction to this book once I finished it. There are so many sesquipedalian words in this book that I had to read it with a dictionary on hand to look up new words every few pages. At first, I thought that the author i...
  • Bonnye Reed
    Oct 19, 2017
    GNab If you have read other reviews of this special novel, you may think me addlepated when I tell you that this is an excellent feel good tale. After all, 30 year old Corran, though currently in his fifth phase of freedom from heroin addiction and settled in a small drug free town on ...
  • Barbara
    Jan 06, 2018
    3.5Stars: ?The Ice House? by Laura Lee Smith is a satisfying read about a man in the midst of crisis in all aspects of his life. His business is facing a shutdown; his son won?t talk to him; his wife seems restless; and his physical health is precarious. Johnny MacKinnon is a...
  • Paula DeBoard
    May 18, 2018
    I picked up The Ice House once, read the first chapter, and wasn?t all that thrilled. Then I tried again, and I?m glad I did. The writing felt a bit clunky and uneven at the opening, but this quickly became a great read?relatable but somewhat quirky characters, all-too-real but s...
  • Melanie
    Aug 29, 2017
    It?s been several years since I mourned upon finishing a novel -- but that?s exactly what happened on the last page of The Ice House. I would miss the characters. I would miss that sense of confidence from being guided by a sure-footed author, the feeling that the investment of tim...
  • Joanne
    Jun 12, 2018
    I've been in a bit of a slump recently with novels, finding so many of them disappointing. It's such a delight to have found this book, which was absolutely wonderful. The Ice House of the title is technically an ice cube factory in Jacksonville Florida. Pauline and Johnny MacKinnon a...
  • Rich
    May 08, 2018
    Review to come. ...
  • Susan Bennett
    Feb 16, 2018
    Wow. Loved this book. The characters are, as one reviewer put it, "exquisitely human" and the author paints a convincing and touching portrait of each. I found the book harder to put down as my reading progressed, and I probably didn't get enough sleep last night because of it. The sto...
  • Joy D
    Oct 27, 2017
    Adult contemporary fiction about forgiveness, courage, and redemption disguised as a family drama about a couple who owns an ice factory. Contains one of the most well-drawn set of characters in a book I?ve read this year. One of the secondary characters, Chemal, is among my all-time...
  • Jo
    Jul 31, 2017
    Adult fiction-not something I normally read, but still enjoyed immensely. Johnny and his wife are in the middle of fighting OSHA for their business (an ice factory his wife inherited) when he?s diagnosed with a medical condition and scheduled for surgery. Instead of resting and t...
  • kglibrarian
    Oct 01, 2017
    After reading The Ice House, I'm adding Laura Lee Smith to my list of favorite authors, alongside Ann Patchett, Meg Wolitzer, Emma Straub, Curtis Sittenfeld, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Celeste Ng. Her new novel follows a Florida couple who is struggling to keep their ice factory in ...
  • Madalina Negrea
    Jul 14, 2017
    Exciting and thought-provoking I requested and received an advanced reading copy of this book from NetGalley and I am really grateful for that. It's so exciting to read books before they hit the shops and I take writing an honest review very seriously. I could say I am fortunate, I li...
  • Eve
    Feb 23, 2018
    I don't often give books five or even four star reviews, but did I love this book! I could not put it down. I liked all the characters, I liked the story, I did not see certain things happening, were happy when they did happen, and happy when they didn't happen, and I was happy with th...
  • Frosty61
    Feb 02, 2018
    A story about family, forgiveness, and all that goes into getting through the rough spots, it had many elements to which I could relate. The characters are basically good people who can't seem to connect to each other. There's the bull-headed patriarch, struggling to understand his dru...