The Gospel of Winter
A fearless debut novel about the restorative power of truth and love after the trauma of abuse.
As sixteen-year-old Aidan Donovanís fractured family disintegrates around him, he searches for solace in a few bumps of Adderall, his fatherís wet bar, and the attentions of his local priest, Father Gregóthe only adult who actually listens to him.
When Christmas hits, Aidanís world collapses in a crisis of trust when he recognizes the darkness of Father Gregís affections. He turns to a crew of new friends to help make sense of his life: Josie, the girl he just might love; Sophie, whoís a little wild; and Mark, the charismatic swim team captain whose own secret agonies converge with Aidanís.
The Gospel of Winter maps the ways love can be used as a weapon against the innocentóbut can also, in the right hands, restore hope and even faith. Brendan Kielyís unflinching and courageous debut novel exposes the damage from the secrets we keep and proves that in truth, there is power. And real love.
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