Literature & Ebooks
This Moving Coming-of-Age Novel Tackles the Realities Faced By At-Risk Youth Looking for your next great book? Readers of this novel can't put it down! Northern California-based novelist Martha Engber is receiving 5-star reviews for her latest work, Winter Light, available in paperback and as an ebook, including Kindle. The coming-of-age story revolves around Mary Donahue, a 15-year-old Chicago girl on the brink of failure during the blizzard winter of 1978-79 and grapples with at-risk youth, dysfunctional families and alcohol and drug abuse; issues relevant to today’s teens. The Chicago blizzard of January 13-14, 1979, lasted for 38 hours and claimed 5 lives. 'Winter Light' juxtaposes this cold, brutal environment with the internal struggles of Mary, a motherless girl raised by an uneducated, alcoholic father within an extended family of alcoholics and addicts. As Mary faces the metaphorical and literal storm that surrounds her, she finds hope and redemption from an unlikely source: a nice, normal kid from English class named Kathleen. With many current-day American families facing similar issues, the story touches on topics that have significant relevance for today's teenagers. Winter Light is Martha Engber's third book, joining The Wind Thief, a novel, and Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up, a book for writers. A freelance editor and workshop facilitator, she’s had a play produced in Hollywood and poems, short stories and essays published in dozens of literary magazines. Sharon Rimmelzwaan of the Sharon Beyond Books blog wrote, “I had to tear myself away from the book to carry on in my own life, that’s how powerful this book is. I just needed to carry on with Mary, everything else was an intrusion. A book that has stayed with me since and I feel that it will stay for a while to come yet.” Go to https://tinyurl.com/2h33 mdd9 for more information!