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The Novel

Kachemak Winkel left his family’s Alaskan homestead for good twenty years ago, when his parents and brother died in a bush plane crash. Now, as the anniversary of their death looms, his grandmother’s health is declining in a nursing home and his Aunt Snag pleads for his return. Kache finally heads back to the town of Caboose, Alaska — only to learn that his aunt has had her own reasons for avoiding the isolated homestead and that no one has ventured out to check on the pipes or clear the snow off the roof even once in twenty years.

Expecting to find nothing but a pile of logs, Kache forges down the muddy, overgrown road and discovers instead warm light emanating from clean windows, and smoke rising from the chimney. The house is not only intact, but a standing museum of preserved artifacts, all exactly as they were left, from Kache’s childhood.

All the Winters After is told through the perspectives of Kache, Aunt Snag, and the mysterious young Russian, Nadia, who has fled her family’s Old Believer village and spent the last decade hiding alone, fearing for her life. Their connected past has a strangling hold on all three, but as each confronts their painful memories, the grip begins to loosen. Individually, they must decide if they will make their own ways forward, despite what may await.

Set in the majestic yet dangerous natural beauty of Alaska, "a land that does not forgive mistakes," All the Winters After is ultimately a story of the healing power of forgiveness, of courage, of love, and of place.

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To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the Northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known. But when Joe drowns off the coast, his ex-wife shows up at his funeral, intent on reclaiming the children. Ella must fight to prove they should remain with her while she struggles to save the family’s market. With wit and determination, she delves beneath the surface of her marriage, finally asking the questions she most fears, the answers jeopardizing everything and everyone she most loves.

Rather than the fairy tale version of step-motherhood that pits good against evil, The Underside of Joy explores a complex relationship between two women who both consider themselves to be the children’s mother. Their conflict uncovers a map of scars — physical and emotional — to their families’ deeply buried tragedies, including Italian internment camps during WWII and postpartum depression and psychosis.

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