Publication Date: February 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ARC Copy from Sourcebooks Landmark
All the Winters After is a truly compelling novel that begins chapter one in 2005; however, the real beginning of the story is two decades earlier in Caboose, Alaska. The title of the book left me wondering right away “All the winters after what?”. As the reader delves in to the book, they will still be wondering whether the title applies to the beginning of the story or the end.
The book centers around Kache Winkel, a thirty-eight year old man originally from Alaska who struggles to free himself from his past; Nadia, a young woman in her late twenties who has hidden away from the world for the past ten years; Snag, Kache’s aunt who has spent her life hiding secrets of her own; and Lettie, Kache’s grandmother who homesteaded and built the cabin owned by Kache and inhabited by Nadia. Their stories are intertwined and weave a fascinating tale as they come together and try to find ways to live in the present while dealing with the past.
The personality of each character is complex and varied. They are all hiding secrets from each other and gradually the layers are peeled away as the tale unfolds. The characters are very dynamic, changing and growing as the novel progresses. The depth and emotions in the writing are very compelling. I did not want to put this book down.
The setting of Caboose, Alaska is based on the real Alaskan city of Homer, which if you have been to Alaska you will surely recognize. I had the pleasure of visiting Homer this summer and easily recognize the Spit and a few other local scenes. The author did an excellent job of detail on the area.
The clues, the suspense, and the secrets keep the reader completely engaged. A fascinating book! Outstanding novel for readers of contemporary fiction!
This ARC copy was received from Sourcebooks Landmark, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.