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 Donovan’s fractured family disintegrates around him, he searches for solace in a few bumps of Adderall, his father’s wet bar, and the attentions of his local priest, Father Greg—the only adult who actually listens to him.
When Christmas hits, Aidan’s world collapses in a crisis of trust when he recognizes the darkness of Father Greg’s affections. He turns to a crew of new friends to help make sense of his life: Josie, the girl he just might love; Sophie, who’s a little wild; and Mark, the charismatic swim team captain whose own secret agonies converge with Aidan’s.
The Gospel of Winter maps the ways love can be used as a weapon against the innocent—but can also, in the right hands, restore hope and even faith. Brendan Kiely’s 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 WinterUser Review - Natalie - Goodreads
Ok, so this book was pretty decent, overall a 3.5 for me. Nothing special but still a pretty good read and worth the time. I'll skip the whole summary since so many people have already gone through it ... Read full review
Review: The Gospel of WinterUser Review - Donna Siebold - Goodreads
Adian Donovan's parents are in a disintegrating marriage. His mother self-medicates with alcohol. Adian feels out of place almost everywhere - unloved and unheard. He dabbles in pills and booze ... Read full review