A Winter's Rime by Carol Dunbar
From Forge Books and Tor Publishing Group
A harrowing and emotional novel set in rural Wisconsin--A Winter's Rime explores the impact of generational trauma, and one woman's journey to find peace and healing from the violence of her past.
Mallory Moe is a twenty-five-year-old veteran Army mechanic, living with her girlfriend, Andrea, and working overnights at a gas station store while figuring out what's next. Andrea's off-grid cabin provides a perfect sanctuary for Mallory, a synesthete with a hypersensitivity to sound that can trigger flashbacks from her childhood.
The getaway that's largely abandoned during the off season starts out idyllic, until Andrea's once-loving behavior turns controlling and abusive, and Mallory once again finds herself not wanting to go home. After a particularly disturbing altercation, Mallory escapes into the subzero night and stumbles into Shay, a teenage girl, injured and asking for help. But it isn't long before she realizes that Shay isn't the only one who needs saving.
A story about sisterhood and second chances, A Winter's Rime looks to nature to find what it can teach us about bearing hardship and expanding our capacity to forgive--not just others, but ourselves.
CAROL DUNBAR is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Net Beneath Us--winner of the Wisconsin Writers: Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award, and a former actor, playwright, and coloratura soprano who left her life in the city to move off the grid. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The South Carolina Review, Midwestern Gothic, and on Wisconsin Public Radio. She writes from a solar-powered office on the second floor of a water tower in northern Wisconsin, where she lives in a house in the woods with her husband, two kids, and a Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog.