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Road Out of Winter by Alison Stine

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The protagonist of this novel, Wylondine, clasps seeds she hopes will assure a future after two years when spring never comes. She and a small group of followers are taking to the road out of winter. They are leaving the hills of Ohio where her family condemned her to a life of poverty and paranoia as marijuana growers. “Alison Stine's Road Out of Winter focuses on the true seeds of hope during a climate apocalypse: the things that nurture both our bodies and our souls. A startling and intimate look at what happens when our planet turns against us." -Mike Chen "Stark, dark and strangely urgent, this is a book that grabs you on the first page and doesn't let go. Alison Stine is a master at the craft. She takes us on a wild ride inside a future that feels all too real, with characters we care about, and a story that we start wishing will never end." -Rene Denfeld. "Stine's prose is crisp and atmospheric, and though bleakness abounds, the ending strikes a lovely balance of hope and pathos. Fans of climate fiction and found family stories will be entranced." -Publishers Weekly "Sublimely written and with much for book clubs to discuss, this book is highly recommended for all collections." --Booklist, starred review. The author, Alison Stine, has recently, like the characters in this novel, left Appalachian Ohio, thankfully, not born out of the necessity of a perpetual winter. She and her partner and her son are now living in Colorado. She is the author of the novel, Supervision, and two books of poetry. She is a free-lance writer who has published in many of the most widely read newspapers and periodicals.

New York: Mira/HarperCollins, 2020. 320 pages. Trade paperback.