The Center of Winter: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Feb 1, 2005 - Fiction - 326 pages
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At the center of winter, in Motley, Minnesota, Arnold Schiller gives in to the oppressive season that reigns outside and also to his own inner demons -- he commits suicide, leaving a devastated family in his wake.

Claire Schiller, wife and mother, takes shelter from the emotional storm with her husband's parents but must ultimately emerge from her grief and help her two young children to recover. Esau, her oldest, is haunted by the same darkness that plagued his father. At twelve years old, he has already been in and out of state psychiatric hospitals, and now, with the help of his mother and sister, he must overcome the forces that drive him deep into himself. But as the youngest, perhaps it is Katie who carries the heaviest burden. A precocious six-year-old who desperately wants to help her mother hold the family together, she will have to come to terms with the memory of her father, who was at once loving and cruel.

Narrated alternately by Claire, Katie, and Esau, this powerful and passionate novel explores the ways in which both children and adults experience tragic events, discover solace and hope in one another, and survive. The Center of Winter finds humor in unlikely places and evokes the north -- its people and landscape -- with warmth, sensitivity, and insight. The story of three people who, against all odds, find their way out of the center of winter, Marya Hornbacher's debut novel will leave you breathless, tearful, and ultimately inspired.

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Very moving, with an interesting writing style. - Goodreads
Thank god the ending didn't make me cry more. - Goodreads
I adore her writing. - Goodreads
On a postivie note, I the writing was good. - Goodreads
I sincerely envy Hornbacher's skills as a writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Debra Delk - Goodreads

Not quite a 4 but definitely better than a 3. I liked the book but found it to be a bit too dark for my taste. For the most part, I liked the way it was written. There was a richness to way she ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ilene - Goodreads

I thought this would be a long slog of a read, given the subject matter and the first two paragraphs describing the setting, but I finished it in a day. It's not a happy story, by any means, but it has cute moments and flows smoothly after a rocky start. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Marya Hornbacher is a journalist as well as a writer of fiction and memoir. Her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, has become a classic. The Center of Winter is her first novel. She lives in Minneapolis.

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