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The Winters in Bloom: A Novel Hardcover – September 13, 2011

3.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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"Motherhood, in all its magical and messy incarnations, is at the heart of The Winters In Bloom, a story that skates gracefully amid wonder, terror and redemption. Indeed, Tucker's novel is impossible to categorize, bending the confines of the psychological thriller with an eloquent literary narrative of tangled family ties."-- BookPage

“Few contemporary novelists come close to understanding families in trouble with the insight and compassion of Lisa Tucker.” —Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author of South of Broad and Beach Music

“In The Winters in Bloom the ties that bind are expertly knotted. With many twists, secrets, and unexpected turns, Lisa Tucker proves that sometimes these ties are wholly unbreakable. They can survive time, loss, longing—even our greatest fears—and they endure because love endures.” —Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk

“Lisa Tucker weaves together multiple perspectives to give us a novel rife with human entanglements of every variety . . . Most moving is the story of Kyra and David as they face the struggles every parent will recognize: how to take care of someone in a world as dangerous as it is beautiful; how to choose—daily, deliberately—joy over fear.” —Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Belong to Me

“Brilliant, tender, and riveting. Reading The Winters in Bloom is like falling into some beguiling dream, one you don’t want to wake from. Lisa Tucker has not described a world; she has created one unlike any you’ve never seen. She has breathed life into her characters, and they will breathe life into you.” —John Dufresne, author of Requiem, Mass.

“The author cleverly imparts life lessons through the tale of one family.” —RT Book Reviews

"Fast-paced page-turner." —Library Journal

About the Author

Lisa Tucker is the bestselling author of The Promised World, The Cure for Modern Life, Once Upon a Day, Shout Down the Moon and The Song Reader. Her short work has appeared in The New York Times and The Oxford American. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416575405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416575405
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,374,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Tucker is a marvel. When I read THE SONG READER in 2004, I thought it was one of the best debut novels I'd ever read. What is amazing about her writing career is that each novel continues to raise the bar; each new novel continues to surpass the last one in creating riveting story lines, fascinating characters and surprising twists. THE WINTERS IN BLOOM is her sixth novel and it's truly her best yet. (If you don't trust me, trust PAT CONROY who raves, "Few contemporary novelists come close to understanding families in trouble with the insight and compassion of Lisa Tucker. The Winters in Bloom is one page turner you will not want to miss.")

I'm not going to spoil your fun by revealing too much about the plot because one of the great joys of this compelling, funny, tender and moving novel is the way Tucker layers her tale, revealing mysterious bits and pieces along the way. No one is better at plotting twists and surprises like Tucker. All I'm going to say is that the small son of a very over-protective mother and father disappears from their back yard....and the hunt is on. Family secrets are brought to the surface that illuminate each character's motivation. As all the pieces fall into place and all questions are finally answered, you're going to have a strong urge to re-read the book so that you can marvel at how cleverly everything was laid out with perfect logic and how each satisfying "reveal" not only pushed the plot along but also deepened your understanding of the characters involved.

This is a novel that will stick with you long after you've finished it. I could not put it down. Every time I reached the end of a chapter, I'd tell myself, "Okay, just one more..." I haven't felt that way since I read THE HELP.

This is a psychological thriller and a family saga brimming with unforgettable characters and tension-breaking humor. Don't miss it!
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I just finished The Winters in Bloom. I love it. The characters all seem so real and very human in their response to life. If you have a sister, you can relate to the complicated relationship between Amy and Kyra. Some characters seem fragile and so broken but are able to propel themselves through the journey of their lives. I liked the contrast between the overprotective parents and those parents in the novel who seemed to care very little about their children. It is a truly enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys reading of the intricate interactions at the heart of a family .

I was fortunate to win an advance copy of this book not only because I received a free book, but because it introduced me to an author I had not previously read. I now consider myself a fan!! I have read several other books by Lisa Tucker and have just downloaded the Kindle edition of The Winters in Bloom.
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When I started reading my e-galley of The Winters in Bloom, I noticed first the page at the beginning where the publisher was talking about how much she loved this book and how it was the best one of the year. Her praise was so high that I kind of rolled my eyes, thinking that she loves it because it will make her money. I am happy to report that the book really was that good. From the absolutely incredible first chapter, I was totally involved in the story.

My one previous experience with Lisa Tucker proved disappointing (The Song Reader), perhaps because my expectations were really high. I own a couple of her other books, but haven't gotten to them yet. I am now super glad that I have them.

So yeah, I mentioned how mindblowing the first chapter was. The book opens from Michael's point of view (although in third person) and you can see how much he has been affected by his parent's worries. Young as he is, he has already inherited their fear of everything, as evidenced in the first line: "He was the only child in a house full of doubt." Five years old and he looks around thinking about the many ways he could get injured. This is what he was doing in his time in the backyard by himself when the nice lady came and asked him if he wanted to go on a ride. Wow. Just wow.

While the rest of the story was not as dramatic and intense as this one, the story definitely maintained its beautiful simplicity. I loved finding out what had happened to the various characters to make them into who they now were. There are a lot of hints as you go along, allowing you to make your own suppositions (I was right about David/Courtney, but wrong about Kyra).

If you like stories of family drama and broken people, this is one that is not to be missed. What a completely beautiful, depressing, uplifting story!
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"The Winters in Bloom" follows Kyra and David Winter over the course of the day their 5 year old son Michael is kidnapped. The Winters have been so extremely careful and protective of their son because they each know from past experiences that very terrible things can happen and they want to try to prevent such things from happening to their son - yet he is kidnapped from their own backyard. During the day while the police try to find Michael, David and Kyra each remember their own painful pasts that led to their extreme over-protection with Michael. When the identity of Michael's kidnapper becomes known David and Kyra have to let each other in on the secrets they each kept from their pasts.

I really liked the way this book was laid out. It wasn't the traditional plot event then character remembers back. At first it seemed a little disjointed, but as the plot progressed the style really worked and helped the reader get a bigger picture of all the characters involved. And like other Lisa Tucker books this one focused on family secrets/dysfunction and how things from the past usually have a way of popping up in the present.
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