All the Winters After (Paperback)

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Kachemak Winkel left Alaska after graduation with nary a backward glance, giving up a promising future in music, to study business.  After college he stayed in Austin Texas, had a good job and avoided all those ghosts of his past lurking in Alaska.  Two things have put Kachemak in the seat of an airliner on the 20th anniversary of the plane crash that took his parent’s life.  His grandmother is ailing; she is no longer able to make the trip to Austin for visits and he is unemployed.  Six months ago he was made redundant, settled into a funk, and has not emerged, there is no longer a compelling reason to stay in Texas. 

Kach relied on his aunt to keep up his parent’s home, everyone has their secrets, and his aunt couldn’t face the home place either. For twenty years it has been neglected.  He heads to the remote home-place for the first time in two decades, expecting to see a dilapidated mess, the Alaskan winters being particularly unforgiving on untended property.   Instead he finds the home in pristine condition, every item in place as if his parents had only stepped out for a short while and would be back any moment.  The curator of this unauthorized museum is Nadia, a frightened Russian woman, kept company by a beautiful Husky dog.  Kach is shocked, also intrigued.  His initial response of wondering who was squatting in his property quickly turned to gratitude that Nadia had preserved his home with such care. 

Nadia has spent ten years totally alone in Kach’s family home, an isolated 400 acre homestead bordered by a deep canyon, overshadowed by majestic mountains.  Why is she so afraid to leave?  What secrets is she hiding from? Read this lovely story and find out!

— Deon Stonehouse

Kachemak Winkel left Alaska after graduation with nary a backward glance, giving up a promising future in music, to study business.  After college he stayed in Austin Texas, had a good job and avoided all those ghosts of his past lurking in Alaska.  Two things have put Kachemak in the seat of an airliner on the 20th anniversary of the plane crash that took his parent’s life.  His grandmother is ailing; she is no longer able to make the trip to Austin for visits and he is unemployed.  Six months ago he was made redundant, settled into a funk, and has not emerged, there is no longer a compelling reason to stay in Texas.  Kach relied on his aunt to keep up his parent’s home, everyone has their secrets, and his aunt couldn’t face the home place either. For twenty years it has been neglected.  He heads to the remote home-place for the first time in two decades, expecting to see a dilapidated mess, the Alaskan winters being particularly unforgiving on untended property.   Instead he finds the home in pristine condition, every item in place as if his parents had only stepped out for a short while and would be back any moment.  The curator of this unauthorized museum is Nadia, a frightened Russian woman, kept company by a beautiful Husky dog.  Kach is shocked, also intrigued.  His initial response of wondering who was squatting in his property quickly turned to gratitude that Nadia had preserved his home with such care.  Nadia has spent ten years totally alone in Kach’s family home, an isolated 400 acre homestead bordered by a deep canyon, overshadowed by majestic mountains.  Why is she so afraid to leave?  What secrets is she hiding from? Read this lovely story and find out! The story had me blown away! Excellent writing, use of its magnificent setting that draws you in, and an engaging story.

 

— Deon Stonehouse

March 2016 Indie Next List


“This is the compelling story of a damaged young woman, Nadia, who has taken refuge in a cabin in the Alaskan woods for the last 10 years after escaping an abusive marriage. Kachemak Winkel, the cabin's owner, returns to Alaska after a long absence, still mourning for his parents and older brother who lost their lives in a plane crash 20 years earlier. Two young, damaged souls are at the heart of this beautifully written novel, and the wild and dangerous beauty of Alaska is present throughout. Perfect for book groups!”
— Patricia Worth (W), River Reader LLC, Lexington, MO

Description


From the International bestselling author of The Underside of Joy comes an atmospheric novel about a man who returns to his Alaskan hometown after twenty years

Alaska doesn't forgive mistakes. That's what Kachemak Winkel's mother used to tell him. A lot of mistakes were made that awful day twenty years ago, when she died in a plane crash with Kache's father and brother—and Kache still feels responsible. He fled Alaska for good, but now his aunt Snag insists on his return. She admits she couldn't bring herself to check on his family's house in the woods—not even once since he's been gone.

Kache is sure the cabin has decayed into a pile of logs, but he finds smoke rising from the chimney and a mysterious Russian woman hiding from her own troubled past. Nadia has kept the house exactly the same—a haunting museum of life before the crash. And she's stayed there, afraid and utterly isolated, for ten years.


Set in the majestic, dangerous beauty of Alaska, All the Winters After is the story of two bound souls trying to free themselves, searching for family and forgiveness.

About the Author


Seré Prince Halverson is the international bestselling author of The Underside of Joy, which was published in eighteen languages. She and her husband have four grown children and live in Northern California in a house in the woods.

Praise For…


“"The urban explorers of You Were Here dive deep into the forgotten man-made spaces all around them--and their own feelings of loss, love, and fear. McCarthy deftly intertwines the characters' stories, filling them with authentic pain and heartache as well as soaring moments of grace and humor. I dare you to read it!"” — Maggie Lehrrman, author of The Cost of All Things

"Seré Prince Halverson delivers another riveting story about the bonds of family. All The Winters After is a beautiful and compelling tale set in the wilds of Alaska. A young woman broken by love sets a collision course with a family torn apart by grief and guilt. The secrets are deep. The winter is long. And the characters are unforgettable. I loved this book." — Amy Franklin-Willis, author of The Lost Saints of Tennessee

"A book that makes you hug the pages and believe in love’s transformative power. Against the rugged enchantment of Alaska, Halverson mesmerizes us with the unforgettable story of Kachemak Winkel and generations of hidden secrets. This isn’t just a novel, it’s a journey to territories of land and heart." — Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker’s Children

"Set in the wilds of Alaska, All the Winters After is a vivid exploration of landscape and community. Sensual, insightful and deeply affecting, Seré Prince Halverson’s new novel illustrates how reckoning with the past is sometimes the only way to move forward. I read this book quickly, compulsively, and thought about it long after I turned the last page." — Jillian Medoff, author of I Couldn’t Love You More

"This novel is like the Alaskan landscape it so vividly depicts: beautiful yet mysterious, layered and unforgettable, revealing its secrets at the exact right moments. Perfectly paced, deeply felt, and gorgeously written, All the Winters After will burn bright in your memory like the midnight sun." — Melanie Thorn, author of Hand Me Down
Product Details
ISBN: 9781492635215
ISBN-10: 1492635219
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: January 10th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English