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A Report from Winter

(2009)
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"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


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.

 
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Paperback Editions

July 2009 : USA Paperback
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
Title: A Report from Winter
Author(s): Wayne Courtois
Publisher: Lethe Press
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