Friday, August 24, 2018


Debbie Moderow
Red Hen Press

At age forty-seven, a mother of two, Debbie Moderow was not your average musher in the Iditarod, but that’s where she found herself when, less than 200 miles from the finish line, her dogs decided they didn’t want to run anymore. After all her preparation, after all the careful management of her team, and after their running so well for over a week, the huskies balked. But the sting of not completing the race after coming so far was nothing compared to the disappointment Moderow felt in having lost touch with her dogs.

Fast into the Night is the gripping story of Moderow’s journeys along the Iditarod trail with her team of spunky huskies: Taiga and Su, Piney and Creek, Nacho and Zeppy, Juliet and the headstrong leader, Kanga. The first failed attempt crushed Moderow’s confidence, but after reconnecting with her dogs she returned and ventured again to Nome, pushing through injuries,  hallucinations, epic storms, flipped sleds, and clashing personalities, both human and canine. And she prevailed.

Part adventure, part love story, part inquiry into the mystery of the connection between humans and dogs, Fast into the Night is an exquisitely written memoir of a woman, her dogs, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt—and soldiers on.


Gripping true-life adventure story about a middle-aged woman who runs the famed 1,000 mile Iditarod race in Alaska. Twice! Her memoir shares tidbits of her life leading up to the race, how she was eventually inspired to run it after her son completed the Iditarod in 2001, but it also is an intimate portrait of the love and respect between a musher and her dogs.

Moderow's tale pulled me right along the trail with her. I felt like I was the one on those runners feeling the arctic wind in my face. A story easy to get lost in, which is a good thing. Loved every page.

1 comment:

  1. Your blog looks nice. I like it.

    Perhaps a little detail on what goes on in Debbie Moderow's mind as she battles her demons and her delusions while trying to connect with her canine brood