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In this luminous new essay collection, Kathleen Jamie visits archaeological sites in thawing tundra and shifting sand dunes, and mines her own memories to explore what surfaces and what reconnects us to our past. Most movingly, she considers, as her father dies and her children leave home, the surfacing of an older, less tethered sense of herself. Surfacing offers a profound sense of time passing and an antidote to all that is instant, ephemeral, unrooted.