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Book Club: "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah

posted Aug 6, 2013, 12:24 PM by Lawrence County Public Library   [ updated Aug 6, 2013, 12:55 PM ]

Join the Stitch-N-Time Book Club as they discuss Kristin Hannah’s recent book release, “Winter Garden,” at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 22nd!


From  From the author of acclaimed national bestseller Firefly Lane comes a haunting, heartbreakingly beautiful novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between past and present.

Sometimes when you open the door to your mother’s past, you find your own future…

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, these two estranged women will find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. On his deathbed, their father extracts one last promise from the women in his life.

It begins with a story that is unlike anything the sisters have heard before—a captivating, mysterious love story that spans sixty-five years and moves from frozen, war torn Leningrad to modern-day Alaska.  The vividly imagined tale brings these three women together in a way that none could have expected.  Meredith and Nina will finally learn the secret of their mother’s past and uncover a truth so terrible it will shake the foundation of their family and change who they think they are.

Every once in a while a writer comes along who navigates the complex and layered landscape of the human heart.  For this generation, it’s Kristin Hannah.  Mesmerizing from the first page to the last, Winter Garden is an evocative, lyrically-written novel that will long be remembered.

About the Author:  Hannah was born in September 1960 in Southern California and grew up at the beach, making sand castles and playing in the surf.   When she was eight years old, her father drove them to Western Washington where they called home.

After working in a trendy advertising agency, Hannah decided to go to law school. "But you're going to be a writer" are the prophetic words she will never forget from her mother.  Hannah was in her third-and final-year of law school while her mom was in the hospital, facing the end of her long battle with cancer. Hannah was shocked to discover that her mother believed Hannah would become a writer. For the next few months, they collaborated on the worst, most clichéd historical romance ever written.

After her mom's death, Hannah packed up all those bits and pieces of paper they'd collected and put them in a box in the back of her closet. She got married and continued practicing law.

Then Hannah found out she was pregnant, but was on bed rest for five months. By the time she'd read every book in the house and started asking her husband for cereal boxes to read, Hannah knew she was a goner. That's when her darling husband reminded her of the book she'd started with her mom. She pulled out the boxes of research material, dusted them off and began writing. By the time her son was born, Hannah had finished a first draft and found an obsession.

The rejections came, of course, and they stung for a while, but each one really just spurred her to try harder, work more.  In 1990, Hannah got "the call," and in that moment, she went from a young mother with a cooler-than-average hobby to a professional writer, and she has never looked back. In all the years between then and now, Hannah has never lost her love of, or enthusiasm for, telling stories.  Hannah is truly blessed to be a wife, a mother, and a writer.