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Winter Loon: A Novel by [Bernhard, Susan]
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Winter Loon is a hero’s tale in which the journey traversed is coming of age, and in which the ties that bind can sometimes sink us. As a poet and writer myself, I am obsessed with language and how it can elevate an already captivating story.

In the brunt of a Minnesota winter, fifteen-year-old Wes Ballot hurtles toward adulthood. Abandoned by his father after his mother drowns in a lake, Wes is sent to live with his gruff and emotionally distant grandparents, Gip and Ruby. After Wes discovers a hunting knife wedged in the slats of his mother’s childhood bed, all of the family’s secrets begin to unravel, forcing him to confront the kind of men he springs from versus the kind of man he wants to become.

It is a beautifully written novel about learning when to leave and the courage it takes to stay—a story that reminds even the most nostalgic among us that finding oneself is no easy feat. Time and time again, I was swept up in Susan Bernhard’s hauntingly lush prose—her fluency in the language of intimacy could melt the iciest waters. Through Wes, Susan teaches us again how to grieve, how to forgive, and most important, how to hope and fall in love and how to take control of our own destinies. Winter Loon is a book that turns characters into family, a story you can’t help but want to tell your friends about. As a writer, reader, and editor, I am thrilled to share the journey of Winter Loon with you. Cheers!

- Hafizah Geter, Editor

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A haunting debut novel about family and sacrifice, Winter Loon reminds us of how great a burden the past can be, the toll it exacts, and the freedom that comes from letting it go.

Abandoned by his father after his mother drowns in a frozen Minnesota lake, fifteen-year-old Wes Ballot is stranded with coldhearted grandparents and holed up in his mother’s old bedroom, surrounded by her remnants and memories. As the wait for his father stretches unforgivably into months, a local girl, whose own mother died a brutal death, captures his heart and imagination, giving Wes fresh air to breathe in the suffocating small town.

When buried truths come to light in the spring thaw, wounds are exposed and violence erupts, forcing Wes to embark on a search for his missing father, the truth about his mother, and a future he must claim for himself—a quest that begins back at that frozen lake.

A powerful, page-turning coming-of-age story, Winter Loon captures the resilience of a boy determined to become a worthy man by confronting family demons, clawing his way out of the darkness, and forging a life from the shambles of a broken past.

About the Author

Susan Bernhard is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship recipient and a graduate of the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program. She was born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and lives with her husband and two children near Boston. Winter Loon is her first novel. Visit her at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3019 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Little A (1 December 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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