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Midwinter Paperback – November 2, 2016
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In this quietly stunning debut the author Fiona Melrose has created a moving and astutely drawn playing out of a family crisis... Fiona has that rarest gift of breathing life into her characters, as well as the worlds in which they live. Essie Fox, author of Elijah's Mermaid
About the Author
Fiona Melrose was born in Johannesburg but has spent the majority of her adult life in the UK, first in London and then in East Anglia. She moved to Suffolk to concentrate on her writing and it is there that Midwinter was conceived. Previously Fiona has worked in academia, NGO's, public affairs and as an emerging markets analyst. She continues to keep a foot in both continents and is currently spending the majority of her time back in South Africa where she is completing her second novel.
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Top Customer Reviews
Land and Vale are father and son, each dealing with their own version of hell while living together yet alone in their own sadness. So, what is it about this book that's so uplifting? Is it Fox? Is it Pup? Is it Dobbler? Is it the Suffolk surroundings? The fervent hope that something surely has to go right for these two, both fine men struggling to bridge the chasm created by Cecilia's brutal departure from their lives?
Fiona Melrose's Midwinter is an enchanting read.
I'm very excited to read more of the author's work!
Midwinter has an undercurrent of sadness during the whole story that didn't help me warm up to the characters. I cared about them and wanted a better life for them but it was difficult to really connect with them. Probably because they didn't even know how to connect with each other themselves. The atmosphere between father and son was always weird, charged with guilt and resentment and I just wanted for them to sit with each other and talk.
One thing I found quite fascinating in this story though was its evocative power. The description of places, nature and its fauna, were generous and detailed. I could easily picture the plantations in Zambia and the farm in Suffolk. But as I said, I didn't really connected with the story itself. It's well crafted and interesting enough, and I really thing it conveys grief and guilt really well but I found it a bit boring at the end, so I have a bit of a mixed opinion on this one.