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Winter Sisters
A Novel
By (author): Robin Oliveira
9780399564260 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Feb 05, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.28 x 8.02 x 0.95 in 432 pages Penguin Books
A rich and compelling historical novel about the disappearance of two young girls after a cataclysmic blizzard, and what happens after their fate is discovered

New York, 1879: After an epic snow storm ravages the city of Albany, Dr. Mary Sutter, a former civil war surgeon, begins a search for two little girls, the daughters of close friends killed by the storm who have vanished without a trace.

Mary’s mother and niece Elizabeth, who has been studying violin in Paris, return to Albany upon learning of the girls’ disappearance—but Elizabeth has another reason for wanting to come home, one she is not willing to reveal. Despite resistance from the community, who believe the girls to be dead, the family persists in their efforts to find the two sisters. When what happened to them is revealed, the uproar that ensues tears apart families, reputations, and even the social fabric of the city, exposing dark secrets about some of the most powerful of its citizens, and putting fragile loves and lives at great risk.

Story Locale: Albany, New York

STRONG HARDCOVER RECEPTION: Winter Sisters has received excellent reviews, including from The New York Times Book Review, People, The Seattle Times, Publishers Weekly, and more.

EXCELLENT TRACK: Robin Oliveira’s first book My Name is Mary Sutter was on the New York Times extended bestseller list for five weeks in paperback and received terrific reviews and blurbs. It has netted about 145k copies in all formats and continues to rate. Fans of the first novel will surely be excited for the new book.

BOOK CLUB PICK: With great appeal for fans of women’s and historical fiction, this is a terrific novel for book clubs with many topics for discussion.

VIVID HISTORICAL SETTING: Oliveira writes with a wonderfully authentic voice about the place and period. The novel is full of rich detail and great characters. My Name is Mary Sutter won the Michael Shaara Prize for Civil War Fiction from The Civil War Institute.

Robin Oliveira is the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter and I Always Loved You. She holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow. She received an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is also a registered nurse, specializing in critical care. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Author Residence: Seattle, Washington

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Praise for Winter Sisters:

“[A] stunning mystery…Oliveira writes with feeling.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[An] engrossing story of unspeakable crime and unbreakable love…propelled by feminist themes that feel utterly timely.”—People, “The Best New Books”

“Engrossing…a meaty historical novel that sensitively addresses issues—among them gender equality, the rights of minors, corruption and child abuse—that plague us even today.” —The Seattle Times

“Oliveira crafts a complex, multifaceted historical novel that is both a captivating story and a commentary on the laws that have, for far too long, oppressed and endangered women…. Entertaining at times, deeply political at others; a perfect example of a historical novel that also illuminates present-day issues.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Oliveira’s beautiful, expertly researched novel showcases the lives of women overcoming societal constraints and living fearlessly.”—Publishers Weekly

“Oliveira is as gently direct with her traumatized characters as Mary is with her patients. The story shines in depicting Albany’s diverse geography and society, and the era’s antifemale bias feels downright infuriating…a multifaceted and affecting portrait of courage.”—Booklist

“A haunting tale of terror and enduring love, Winter Sisters is tense and vivid. It kept me immersed to the last page.”

—Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank and Under the Wide and Starry Sky

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