Synopses & Reviews
Karaim’s (If Men Were Angels) haunting second novel opens with Anna’s suicide an event Eric Valery finds himself returning to as an older man and a new father. He recounts dropping out of college at the age of 20 and moving to Shannon N.Dak. to work at the Shannon Sentinel where he meets Anna. The two of them both editors spend time alone laying out the newspaper in the pre Internet days and Anna begins to share with Eric fragments of her dark past: growing up without money in the badlands her young marriage going sour the mysterious scars on her wrists. Readers follow the pair on their small town reporting adventures—to the dikes during bad floods to the high school’s graduation ceremony to a sailboat race on the lake—through Eric’s yearlong stint in Shannon watching their friendship deepen and grow stronger when suddenly with winter something changes in Anna. Though the prose occasionally falters Anna’s story and the mystery of her death are captivating and Eric’s meditations on the grieving process are wonderfully crafted. Eric’s journalistic attempt to piece together Anna’s story make this a beautiful touching novel. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
A young man, Eric, drops out of college and lucks into a job with a small-town newspaper where he meets Anna a woman whose story will both haunt and inspire him for the rest of his life. Set in a remote North Dakota community in the last days before the Internet, The Winter in Anna unfolds around a romance that almost was, and a meditation on what constitutes a life well lived. In wistful, moving reflections, Eric looks back on his days with Anna and struggles to reconcile his memories with what he has since learned of her.
The Winter in Anna is a stirring and thoughtful novel filled with moments of tenderness, even as it slowly reveals an unbearable tragedy at the heart of a quietly defiant life.