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