A Boy in Winter: A Novel

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Crown, 1999 - Fiction - 241 pages
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Two families living in suburban Chicago confront the consequences and complications of tragedy after a young boy accidentally kills his best friend with a hunting bow, in a story about grief, the burdens of guilt, and the redemptive power of forgiveness and love. 20,000 first printing.

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I really enjoyed the first three quarters of this book. The last quarter just seemed silly and not believable in comparison. So it was a disappointing ending. Read full review

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Thought it's a short novel, the story moved very slowly for me. A significant portion of it was told from the point of view of an 11-year-old, but the tone wasn't much different from the portions told from adult POVs. The ending was just weird and abrupt. 1.5 stars Read full review

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Maxine Chernoff has won many awards for her ten books of poetry and fiction, including a Carl Sandburg Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and a Sun-Times/Friends of Literature Award. A Chicago native, she and her husband, the poet Paul Hoover, and their three children live in Northern California, where she teaches at San Francisco State University.

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