The Wisdom of Winter

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Pub Date 13 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022

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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.

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...


A Note From the Publisher

At various times, Annie has lived in a train car, studied at an Ivy League university, dumpster dived, traveled with governors’ spouses, hand-milked goats, lost hope, kept secrets, and seen ghosts. She lives in Vermont.

At various times, Annie has lived in a train car, studied at an Ivy League university, dumpster dived, traveled with governors’ spouses, hand-milked goats, lost hope, kept secrets, and seen ghosts...


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ISBN 9781639886487
PRICE $15.99 (USD)
PAGES 286

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Featured Reviews

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.
family life.
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".

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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.

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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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