Winter Dreams: A Novel

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Doubleday, 2004 - Fiction - 243 pages

A moving novel about love, loss, and an extraordinary lifelong passion for golf, by the acclaimed author of The Cliff Walk and Fallen Angel.

Ross Lansdale never knew his mother and father and grew up at St. Luke's Orphanage for Boys in the 1950s. The one person who took an interest in him was Father Martin, a Benedictine monk who understood the loneliness of an orphan’s life. He instilled in Ross an enduring love of two solitary, reliable pursuits: golf and books. Over the years, and through the loss of his beloved mentor, Ross comes to rely on these trustworthy tools, sure that they will never abandon him.

As an adult and a college professor of literature, Ross encounters two people who will challenge and forever change his life: Julia, the student who opens his heart only to make him feel more vulnerable than ever, and Johnny Durocher, a spit-fire new professor–and terrifically talented golfer–who becomes Ross’s first true friend. Durocher’s one serious dream is to play the amateur tournament on the Old Course at Saint Andrews, but when an unforeseen tragedy keeps Johnny from playing, Ross must make the boldest decision of his life. As he travels to Scotland to confront his failures and fears, Ross embraces his wonder of the ancient game and plays a round of golf in honor of his friend, and the boy he used to be.

With characteristic poignancy and style that have earned Don J. Snyder critical acclaim for his novels and screenplays, WINTER DREAMS is a remarkable new work filled with compassion, heartache, and the grace that comes from the triumph of personal courage.

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Much ado about golfing.Ross Lansdale spends his 1950s childhood in a Catholic orphanage under the tutelage of kindly Father Martin, an avid golfer who pauses before a shot—playing in the moonlight ... Read full review

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Beautifully written, with exquisite style for the details of life, with its lessons of love, friendship, loss, and trials and triumphs of golf through the eyes of Ross Lansdale. As an orphan he ... Read full review


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DON J. SNYDER is the acclaimed author of Fallen Angel–a recent Hallmark Hall of Fame movie–The Cliff Walk, Of Time and Memory, and the novel Night Crossing, among other works. A passionate golfer, he lives in Scarborough, Maine, with his wife and four children.

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