Winter Light

Winter Light

4.7 (61 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.7 (61 ratings by Goodreads)
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Description

Fifteen-year-old Mary Donahue of suburban Chicago is a kid on the cusp of failure during the brutal blizzard winter of 1978-79, the end of a hard luck, hard rock era sunk in the cynical aftermath of the Vietnam War.

Though a smart, beautiful kid, she's a motherless girl raised by an uneducated, alcoholic father within an extended family of alcoholics and addicts. Aware that she's sinking, she's desperate to save herself and so reaches out to an unlikely source, Kathleen, a nice, normal kid from English class.

But when the real storm hits, the full force of a harsh adult world almost buries Mary. Only then does she learn that the only difference between life and death is knowing when to grasp an extended hand.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 17mm | 277g
  • English
  • 1925965449
  • 9781925965445

Review quote

"Winter Light tugs at your heart, reminding you of what it's like to be a young person growing up, unsure of what to wear, how to behave, who and what to care about. Unsure of anything. The story is a ride through Class V rapids that will keep you hanging on white-knuckled till the end. A great read." Jana McBurney-Lin, author of My Half of the Sky

"Winter Light is the extraordinary and intricate story of Mary Donahue, a teenager from the darker side of life whose struggles, resilience, and courage will be forever seared in your brain and your heart." Joylene Nowell Butler, author of Broken But Not Dead, Matowak: Woman Who Cries and Dead Witness

"Martha Engber has crafted a well-paced, thoughtfully structured, insightful novel that draws the readers' compassion for Mary and the motley collection of 'burnout' teens that are Mary's friends. We witness Mary's heartrending struggles to break free of economic and social class boundaries, the effects of careless parenting, and the low expectations of others, subjects the author handles with great skill and subtlety." Paulette Boudreaux, author of Mulberry
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Rating details

61 ratings
4.7 out of 5 stars
5 82% (50)
4 10% (6)
3 7% (4)
2 0% (0)
1 2% (1)
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