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Winter Garden (Paperback)

Author:  Kristin Hannah
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312663153
ISBN-13: 9780312663155
Sku: 216794515
Publish Date: 1/4/2011
Pages:  436
Age Range:  NA
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From the author of the bestsellers "Firefly Lane" and "True Colors" comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past.
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Kristin Hannah tugs at the heartstrings with this poignant portrait of two grown sisters who attempt to bond with their distant mother after their father's death. Meredith and Nina Whitson's lives took them in opposite directions, but they reunite to be by their beloved father's side during his final hours. His dying wish is for them to take care of their mother, a Russian immigrant named Anya, though she makes it very apparent that she has no interest in their care or pity. As Meredith and Nina try to solve the puzzle of their mother's lifelong detachment, they realize that the answers they seek may be hidden in a Russian fairy tale Anya used to tell them. As the details of Anya's harrowing childhood in Stalinist Russia emerge, the girls realize that they must resolve their own petty differences in order to help their mother make peace with the ghosts of the past.
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Kristin Hannah
Kristin Hannah has told interviewers, "I'm endlessly fascinated by the relationships that define us," and she has channeled that fascination into several best-selling novels that explore family, friendship, and romance. Generally categorized as a writer of "contemporary women's fiction," Hannah has earned legions of loyal fans. A native of Southern California, Hannah spent much of her childhood at the beach. When she was eight, the family moved to Washington State. She began her professional career in the 1980s at an advertising agency but soon decided to attend law school instead. While she was in her final year of school, her mother was in the final stages of battling breast cancer. Wanting to spend as much time as possible together, the two began researching and outlining what Hannah has called "the worst, most clichéd historical romance ever written." After her mother died, she put the materials in the back of her closet, forgetting all about the saga, which was set in 19th-century Scotland. After a few years of practicing entertainment and anti-trust law, Hannah, who had subsequently married, became pregnant and was confined to bed. Restless and bored, she became hooked on daytime television. Her concerned husband reminded her about the unfinished manuscript and suggested that she might find writing a more fulfilling sedentary activity than watching game shows. By the time her son was born, Hannah has said, she knew for sure "I wanted to be a stay-at-home mother, and I needed to write." A string of rejection notices followed, but in 1991 Hannah published her first novel, A HANDFUL OF HEAVEN, a romance set in 19th-century Yukon Territory. She wrote several more romances before turning to contemporary women's fiction in 1999, with ON MYSTIC LAKE, the tale of a woman who returns to her hometown and reconnects with her first love, now a widower with a troubled daughter. Hannah has since become known for her sensitive examinations of what she has called the "universal female connections" of marriage, motherhood, sisterhood, and friendship.

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"Readers will find it hard not to laugh a little and cry a little more as mother and daughters reach out to each other just in the nick of time." 09/28/2009

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0436
Product attributePublisher:   St. Martin's Griffin
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