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Winter Light
by Martha Engber

Fifteen-year-old Mary Donahue of suburban Chicago is a kid on the cusp of failure during the brutal blizzard winter of 1978-79, the end of a hard luck, hard rock era sunk in the cynical aftermath of the Vietnam War.

Though a smart, beautiful kid, she’s a motherless girl raised by an uneducated, alcoholic father within an extended family of alcoholics and addicts. Aware that she’s sinking, she’s desperate to save herself and so reaches out to an unlikely source, Kathleen, a nice, normal kid from English class.

But when the real storm hits, the full force of a harsh adult world almost buries Mary. Only then does she learn that the only difference between life and death is knowing when to grasp an extended hand.

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Winter Light is set in the winter of 1978 and the harsh realities of Mary’s life. She is a burnout, her mother died her father is an alcoholic and she is very away that her life will go on a downward spiral. One day she strikes up a friendship with a preppy girl Kathleen and she gets a glimpse of what life could be like for her if she had the opportunity.

This was a heartbreaking, gritty read and as you read on you can’t help but root for Mary to get the life she wants, but at the same time every decision she makes seems to stack against her.

I got engrossed with the characters and the story that Martha Engber has weaved with this book


Author Bio

Martha Engber’s next novel, WINTER LIGHT, will be published Oct. 6, 2020, by Vine Leaves Press. She’s also the author of THE WIND THIEF, a novel, and GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS FROM THE GROUND UP. A journalist by profession, she’s written hundreds of articles for the Chicago Tribune and other publications. She’s had a play produced in Hollywood and fiction and poetry published in the Aurorean, Watchword, the Berkeley Fiction Review and other journals. She’s also a freelance editor, workshop facilitator and speaker. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband, bike and surfboard.

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