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Indiespensable, Volume 51: Wolf Winter

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Wolf Winter

by Cecilia Ekbäck
(Weinstein Books)

Subscribers receive:
* A signed first-edition of Wolf Winter in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
* A collectible booklet featuring the interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Cecilia Ekbäck
* Other surprises!

The days are dark, the snow and wind are unending, and Blackåsen Mountain holds silent watch over all in the breathtaking Wolf Winter, debut novelist Cecilia Eckbäck's evocative exploration of the isolation, despair, and superstitions of early 1700s Swedish Lapland. Maija and Paavo, along with their daughters, Frederika and Dorotea, are the newest settlers that summer on the mountain. The discovery of a body soon after their arrival leads to speculation: Was it unearthly forces, as the other settlers claim? Or, even more sinister… someone among them? In her attempts to investigate, Maija inadvertently sets into motion a chain of events that puts herself and her family at risk. At the same time, teenaged Frederika struggles to understand the strange visions she's been experiencing and her emerging powers. Secrets are revealed and loyalties tested, all while the brutal "wolf winter" threatens their very survival. With prose as stark and beautiful as freshly fallen snow, Eckbäck's novel left us chilled and astounded. We're delighted to present it as our featured selection in Indiespensable #51.

Rich in history and authentic detail, Wolf Winter is a deeply satisfying read." Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted
As dark as a winter night in the Arctic, as magical as the northern lights, Wolf Winter kept me turning pages long past my bedtime. A marvelous mixture of terror and delight." Lauren B. Davis, author of The Empty Room and Against a Darkening Sky
Ekbäck writes with deliberate pacing and immerses the reader in the endless snowfall of winter with her hypnotic prose." Library Journal


Previous Indiespensable installments:

Indiespensable #49

The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

by David Mitchell

"Trademark Mitchell...another exacting, challenging and deeply rewarding novel from [the] logophile and time-travel master." – Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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