The Wisdom of Winter
by Annie Seyler
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Pub Date 13 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022
Beatrice is good at pretending.
Insulated from societal mores by her glamorous mother and humble father, six-year-old Beatrice—barefoot in ratty overalls—tunes into animals, senses the unspoken, and thrives. But when tragedy penetrates their rural Vermont bubble, Beatrice is thrust into a world that tells her she has no place unless she hides her depth, pretties up, and falls in line. She complies.
Years later in San Francisco, incongruities in Beatrice's life abound. What’s real is hidden. What’s false is celebrated. She numbs and sidesteps and, despite inner warnings, artfully outruns thoughts of her family, the girl she once was, and the woman she pretends to be. But when a cascade of events steers her back to her childhood home, a discovery in a rundown barn quiets her. In the still point, she sees her crossroads: should she carry on the known path or step into uncertainty? Her future rests on her interpretation of change. Anxiety and loss. Or hope and renewal. She must decide who she is.
In beautiful, spare prose, The Wisdom of Winter explores the tenacity of misbeliefs, the magic in forgiveness, and the artistry of the natural world in healing the past.
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This is one of those books, where I read it waiting for something BIG to happen, and it didn't.
It was Beatrice and her family as she grew up.
The small dramas , the bigger ones.
Whilst I waited, I realised I'd flown through half the book, and then flew through the other half.
The writing just flowed.
There were real moments of emotion, beautifully done.
It's one of those books I'll never be able to describe to people.
I'll stick with "you MUST read it".
The Wisdom of Winter by Annie Seyler is the kind of book that not only tells a story but makes the reader look at, and consider, events in their own life.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Beatrice and spending time in her world. Every time I empathized with her, or wanted to nudge her in a different direction, I also thought back to moments in my life when I made similar mistakes or faced similar doubts. In other words, this novel is both a very specific story and a very relatable story. Most of us have wondered who we are, who our family is, and what we actually want (as compared to what others seem to convince us we want).
There will be moments that will bring a smile and some that bring a tear. Most of all, I think, is that it will bring life, with its many complications and insecurities, into better focus. Not perfect focus, but is it ever? I think I need to make a phone call, so I'll cut this short.
Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a novel that looks at life writ large through the lens of one particular life.
Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
I was really enjoying this story about the coming of age of a young girl whose mother had been struggling with her decisions all her life. Very nicely written.
This was a nice story. It was quite a sad story that included loss. It was well written, and I loved that it involved horses. I rated this book 3.5 stars rounded up. It was an enjoyable story that I finished in one morning. I loved how bea was able to connect with animals. The characters were nice and realistic. There were lots of emotions in this book that the author got across quite well it made me feel for bea. I connected mostly with the story, but the pace was a little slower than I would have liked.
Many thanks to the author and publishers for creating a nice story that includes horses.
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