Windfalls: A Novel (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Fiction - 368 pages
19 Reviews
The acclaimed author of Into the Forest mines our fears and explores our capacity to love in this epic tale of modern motherhood.
Young and pregnant, Cerise and Anna make very different decisions about how to direct their lives. While teenaged Cerise struggles to support herself and her young daughter, Anna finishes college, marries, and later gives birth to two daughters of her own. After the birth of her second child, a tragic accident tears Cerise's life apart, and she loses her already tenuous position in society. As the story progresses--and Cerise's and Anna's lives interweave and inexorably approach each other--both women are dramatically, forever changed. Unforgettable, awe-inspiring, and grippingly honest, Windfalls is a daring and mesmerizing tale.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Windfalls

User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

This book shows the convergence of two young women, who both had unplanned pregnancies. Each made a decision about that pregnancy that would forever affect them. Hegland demonstrates flawless prose ... Read full review

Review: Windfalls

User Review  - Champaign Public Library - Goodreads

This was an interesting book to discuss. The group generally liked it but the subject matter dealt with difficult issues and emotions. Everyone mentioned that the story drew them in but some parts ... Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page v - Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes forever the precise and transitory instant. We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.
Page v - Most of the literature of infant care and psychology has assumed that the process toward individuation is essentially the child's drama, played out against and with a parent or parents who are, for better or worse, givens. Nothing could have prepared me for the realization that I was a mother, one of those givens, when I knew I was still in a state of uncreation myself."10 That is Adrienne Rich's testimony; the feelings it describes are not unique to her.
Page v - ... heard the executioners sing joyfully. You should praise the mutilated world. Remember the moments when we were together in a white room and the curtain fluttered. Return in thought to the concert where music flared. You gathered acorns in the park in autumn and leaves eddied over the earth's scars. Praise the mutilated world and the gray feather a thrush lost, and the gentle light that strays and vanishes and returns.
Page 2 - The door at the far end of the waiting room opened. A nurse stood on the threshold and glanced at the manila folder she held. "Anna Walters?

About the author (2007)

Jean Hegland lives in northern California with her husband and three children. Windfalls is her second novel.

Bibliographic information