Sere Prince Halverson will be here at 5:00 PM April 23rd 2016 for a presentation on her luminous novel, All the Winters After.
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!
Please call 541-593-2525 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Sunriver Books & Music to sign up to attend this free presentation. There will be drawings for prizes and light refreshments.