The Winter in Anna by Reed Karaim

Find in catalog“The question is how the gentle, sustaining light leaks out of life.” The Winter in Anna is a quiet novel about how the pain one bears can color all aspects of life. It has been my favorite novel of the summer so far. A young man, without direction, finds his place in a small North Dakota town. He befriends an older woman, who has so much to teach him about life and its meaning. Like so many things in life, we don’t always see what is in front of us until we’ve gone far enough away to look back and not know how to return. Anna’s quiet pain and beauty captivate him, as well as the reader; you want to protect her from her past even as you want to race toward the future. I would love to read more from this author, even though I was brought to tears at the end.

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