Synopses & Reviews
November, 1949: In the aftermath of his brother James's death, Richard MacEwan's life is suddenly rocked by secrets involving his wife Sarah and daughter Anna. Among his bachelor brother's papers, Richard discovers a letter from Sarah that hints at an infidelity. Then there is Anna's affair with a married man, Charles Norden, which threatens to change her life forever. The story of Richard, Sarah, Anna, and Charles--along with the troubling legacy of James--is one of faith and doubt, profound moral and spiritual conflict, and the intricate bonds that hold families together.
"This novel deserves a wide readership and will especially appeal to sophisticated readers on whom Clark's rich imagery will not be lost." Library Journal
"In the Deep Midwinter comes along at a time when people have stopped talking about The Great American Novel. That's too bad, because this just might be it." Kate Tuttle, The Boston Book Review
"It has been a long time since the last American novel of such compassion, intelligence, and maturity." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
"Clark unfolds the story's moral dramas with rare assurance and grownup charity...." Pico Iyer, Time magazine
A story of faith and doubt, profound moral and spiritual conflict, and the intricate bonds and secrets that hold families together. While going through his dead brother's papers, Richard MacEwan discovers a letter from his own wife, Sarah, which hints at her infidelity. At the same time, his daughter Anna becomes involved with a married man--an affair that will threaten her life and change it forever. 288 pp. Author tour. National print ads. 30,000 print.
About the Author
is the author of a biography of James Beard, The Solace of Food
, and a cultural history of the Columbia River, River of the West
(Picador). He lives in Seattle, Washington.