The title of this novel refers to the famous ice storm that hit Quebec in January, 1998. In this remote part of Quebec where I live we were without power for 21 days in the dead of winter. This novel is a “huis clos” (no exit) where members of the same family are trapped in their Outremont home. 

I tried out different items and coated them in ice by periodically spraying water on them in my freezer - see bottom image. We settled on the toy car in the end. 

This is another avenue I explored where the icicles are like knifes pointing at each other to illustrate the tension within the family.