Winter Solstice: An Essay (Paperback)
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“This book surpassed my expectations. The imagery evoked left me yearning for that magical season when the earth invites us to go inward. Winter Solstice is a beautiful meditation on slowing down and appreciating life’s simple pleasures.”
— Pat Rudebusch, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA
Maclaughlin’s beautifully detailed observations of the season transport the reader through the pages to discover warmth and light in the coldest part of the year.
These lines will remain with you even when there is no hint of snowflakes in the air.
I don’t know how to explain it other than I literally hugged this book when I finished reading. I was so absorbed in her writing and didn’t want it to end.
I’ll never think of winter the same again.
I immediately restarted reading it after I finished it.— From Shannon's Picks
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A celebration and meditation on the season for drinking hot chocolate, spotting a wreath on a neighbor's door, experiencing the change in light of shorter days. All aspects of Winter, from the meteorological to the mythological, are captured in this masterful essay, told in wise and luminous prose that pushes back the dark.
Winter begins with the shortest day of the year before nightfall. As in her companion volume, Summer Solstice, the author meditates on both the dark and the light and what this season means in our lives. "Winter tells us," Nina MacLaughlin says, "more than petaled spring, or hot-grassed summer, or fall with its yellow leaves, that we are mortal. In the frankness of its cold, in the mystery of its deep-blue dark, the place in us that knows of death is tickled, focused, stoked. The angels sing on the doorknobs and others sing from the abyss. The sun has been in retreat since June, and the heat inside glows brighter in proportion to its absence. We make up for the lost light in the spark that burns inside us."
If Winter is a time you love for its memories and traditions, if you love writing that takes your breath away with lyrical leaps across time and space, Winter Solstice is an unforgettable book you'll cherish.