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A Report from Winter

(2009)
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It's January 1998, and southern Maine is recovering from one of the worst ice storms in history. Into this unforgiving environment comes the author, flying "home" from Kansas City after a ten-year absence. His mother, Jennie, is dying of cancer. She is receiving excellent care in a nursing home, but has lost the ability to communicate.

Needing support, Wayne makes an SOS call to Ralph, his longtime partner. Ralph boards a plane to Portland for his first exposure to a Maine winter, and to Wayne's family as well, including a feisty aunt and an emotionally distant brother. The contrast between a nurturing gay relationship and dysfunctional family bonds is as sharp as the wind sweeping in from the sea.

Stubbornly unsentimental, A Report from Winter weaves childhood memories of winter with the harsh realities of living in a family where there's not enough love to go around. The memoir is a tribute to hard-won relationships built on mutual trust and understanding, defying an uncaring world.

    

"Wayne Courtois is a smart and gifted writer, shrewd, yet compassionate, with a godlike eye for detail. His A Report from Winter is filled with beautiful sentences from beginning to end. It's a stunning book." - Scott Heim


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Paperback Editions

July 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Report from Winter
Author(s): Wayne Courtois
ISBN: 1-59021-235-5 / 978-1-59021-235-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lethe Press
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Kindle Editions

June 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Report from Winter
Author(s): Wayne Courtois
Publisher: Lethe Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA