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October 2021 Canadian Fiction

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The Winter-Blooming Tree
By (author): Barbara Langhorst

ISBN:

9781989287859

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English
Oct 01, 2021
$18.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.25in x 5.25 x 0.7 in | 390 gr

Page Count:

250 pages
Palimpsest Press
FICTION / Humorous / General
  • Short Description

The Winter-Blooming Tree draws us into the lives of Ursula Koehl-Niederhauser, a school teacher suffering from lapses of memory who is convinced that she has dementia; Andreas, her charming, well-intentioned but somewhat self-absorbed husband; and their grown daughter, Mia, who is about to move home after bouncing all over the country, trying to find herself as a journalist. Distracted by thoughts and memories of the winter-blooming apple tree in her laundry room, Ursula misses the neurologist?s diagnosis and becomes convinced she is falling ill. Andreas, certain that she is fine, refuses to worry her with his own work and health problems. Mia, caught up with her own situation, has no idea that her parents are struggling and can?t understand why her mother, especially, is behaving so badly. The Winter-Blooming Tree delves into the dissonance between family members and how sometimes pride is the only thing standing between those we love and the stories we tell ourselves.

The Winter-Blooming Tree draws us into the lives of Ursula Koehl-Niederhauser, a school teacher suffering from lapses of memory who is convinced that she has dementia; Andreas, her charming, well-intentioned but somewhat self-absorbed husband; and their grown daughter, Mia, who is about to move home after bouncing all over the country, trying to find herself as a journalist. Distracted by thoughts and memories of the winter-blooming apple tree in her laundry room, Ursula misses the neurologist?s diagnosis and becomes convinced she is falling ill. Andreas, certain that she is fine, refuses to worry her with his own work and health problems. Mia, caught up with her own situation, has no idea that her parents are struggling and can?t understand why her mother, especially, is behaving so badly. The Winter-Blooming Tree delves into the dissonance between family members and how sometimes pride is the only thing standing between those we love and the stories we tell ourselves.

Barbara Langhorst?s restless white fields won book awards for poetry in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Her first novel,WANT, was shortlisted for the Regina Public Library?s Book of the Year Award. She is a writing instructor and mentor, and has just moved back to Edmonton after nearly twenty years in Saskatchewan. She lives in Edmonton.

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