The Gospel of Winter

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 21, 2014 - Juvenile Fiction - 304 pages
33 Reviews
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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Review: The Gospel of Winter

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

Aidan's family is falling apart. He copes with pills, alcohol, and time spent volunteering at his local Catholic church where Father Greg makes him feel safe. When Aidan finally recognizes "the ... Read full review

Review: The Gospel of Winter

User Review  - Drea - Goodreads

Excellent first novel and great for those who like "issue" novels. Loved how true the emotions rang. I missed buying this one for my library collection, but will be adding it with my next orders. Can't wait to see what else Brendan rolls out. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
36
Section 3
55
Section 4
72
Section 5
90
Section 6
115
Section 7
124
Section 8
154
Section 10
188
Section 11
207
Section 12
229
Section 13
247
Section 14
266
Section 15
288
Section 16
297
Copyright

Section 9
171

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About the author (2014)

Brendan Kiely received an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York. His writing has appeared in Fiction, Guernica, The AWP Writerís Chronicle, and other publications. Originally from the Boston area, he now teaches at an independent high school and lives with his wife in Greenwich Village. The Gospel of Winter is his first novel. Find out more at BrendanKiely.com.

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