Debbie Clarke Moderow

Debbie Clarke Moderow, originally from Connecticut, went to Alaska in 1979 for a mountain-climbing expedition and met her husband, Mark. For the Moderows, dog mushing has always been a family aff air. Debbie ran the Iditarod in 2003 and 2005, completing the latter in 13 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes, and 32 seconds. In 2013, Debbie graduated from Pacifi c Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop with an MFA in creative writing.

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Fast into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail

Debbie Clarke Moderow

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

$16.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-976-9


Part adventure, part love story, part inquiry into the mystery of 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.


“Not only does Fast into the Night detail in spare and honest prose all the grit and excitement that is the Iditarod, but its author aptly takes us along on her personal journey with all its internal struggles, tribulations, and tumult. At the same time, she captures the remarkable bond that exists between mushers and their dogs. Bravo for turning out what may be the quintessential Iditarod story, and for crafting what is simply a great Alaskan adventure well told.”—Dave Atcheson, author of Dead Reckoning and Hidden Alaska

Fast into the Night isn’t just the title of a great book. It’s a description of how I read this gripping and honest story of a woman’s passion to run the Iditarod while putting her dogs’ health and happiness first. I have only one complaint: Moderow owes me a night’s sleep, because I couldn’t put this book down.”—Patricia B. McConnell, author of The Education of Will and The Other End of the Leash

“I expected high adventure from Debbie Clarke Moderow’s story of running the Iditarod—and happily, I found it. Moderow beautifully captures the personality of each dog as she struggles to earn the team’s trust, and she reveals her vulnerabilities as she learns to trust herself. This is an extraordinary account of a family’s faith in one another—four-leggeds and two-leggeds alike.”—Sherry Simpson, author of The Way Winter Comes and Dominion of Bears