Winter Light is the story of 15-year-old Mary Donahue of suburban Chicago, a kid on the cusp of failure during the brutal blizzard winter of 1978, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Go to https://tinyurl.com/2h33mdd9 for more information!
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,
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
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
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
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
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.”
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