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Preview — The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker
The Winters in Bloom
Every marriage has three stories: the husband’s, the wife’s —
and the one they create together.
Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever expected to be. They have a comfortable home, stable careers, and a young son, Michael, whom they adore. Though everyone who knows the Winters considers them extremely overprotective parents, both Kyra and David believe they have...more
Winters in Bloom is an intergenerational book centered on the loss or lack or just bad parenting. Mostly it’s moms who are derided but dads don’t come out too great either. Two small girls, Amy and Kyra, watch as their mom packs up the car and leaves her daughters weeping and alone on the front doorstep. They never recover. Though they have a father and stepmother they always feel the only one they can count on is one another. Amy tries to be perfect, perfect grades, behavior, l ...more
I think I wa ...more
So many times I nearly gave up on this book. In the end I wished I had. Sheer stubbornness kept me reading but I admit to skim ...more
This is a powerful and emotional book. I ...more
The Winters in Bloom is a novel that explores not only the disappearance of Michael, but the past histories of his parents. Both are overly cautious for reasons of their own. For David Winter, it was tragedy of one ...more
I opened the book and fell right in.
The Rest of It:
Kyra and David are happily married, have a nice home and have stable careers. They live with their son Michael and things could not be more perfect. But in the back of their minds, because of decisions they made in the past, they expect tragedy at every turn and it hits when Michael suddenly vanishes from their backyard.
This is really an amazing book. I know it’s gotten some mixed reviews but if you enjoy dysfunction, let me tell ...more
My one previous experience with Lisa T ...more
The book then goes into the past lives of Kyra and David. We le ...more
Five-year-old Michael lives in an environment of doubt. Although his parents, David and Kyra Winter, believe they are doing everything possible to raise a happy healthy child, what they are act ...more
My Quick Summary...
This is the story of two families who become oddly connected due to a tragedy. This has to be explained by understanding the earlier life of one of the characters, Kyra , and the first marriage of Kyra's husband, David, to his first wife, Courtney.
The characters in this story have all been touched by some sort of abandonment that leads Kyra and David to totally over protect their five year old son.
At first it was difficult to understand why this overprotection was so over the ...more
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Kyra and David Winter seem to have the perfect life. A strong marriage, great careers and a beautiful son named Michael. On an ordinary summer day their perfect life begins to crumble when Michael disappears from their backyard. They each suspect the past they have been running from for so long has finally caught up to them. Krya and David begin to realize that in order for them to move forward, they must revisit the past they have hidden from each other ...more
Kyra and David are so filled with fear that they make one uncomfortable. How they can say they are living life is com ...more
An excellent narrative on why families should be as honest as possible with one another. The secrets that both David and Kyra hold inside threaten to break their marriage and their family. At times far-fetched and at others, spot on, this novel made me really think about how ...more
The Winters in Bloom is an introspective novel about forgiveness. Not just forgiving people for their transgressions against us, but forgiving ourselves for mistakes made long ago. The Winters in Bloom is somewhat of a dark novel. The subject matter is heartbreaking, there is no way around that. I did like that portions of the book is set in Kansas City, on a day (Home opener of the Chief's) that I want to be in Kansas City more than any other day, it was ...more
My guess is she was going for an intelligent psychological thriller but ended up with a ridiculous trainwreck of young adult fiction. The story follows Kyra and David a neurotic young couple who on the surface seem to have it all yet have always feared that this domestic bliss couldn't last. I was confused thoroughly mid way through by characters who looked and felt t ...more
The first chapter blew me away. The rest of the story is told going back and forth between the past and present, introducing us to each of the characters and how they were connected to each other. The ending, involving the tree, I thought was brilliant. It left me feeling satisfied after everything that went on in the story and thinking "this is just right and now they can carry on".
I enjoyed reading this book. It was, as Pat Conroy says, "a page turner." I found the story interesting and pretty easy to follow most of the time. I was even pleasantly surprised that the author was able to follow several characters, mixing past and present of each, and not leave me utterly confused, as some authors have. (Well, the "letters to mom" sections were a bit confus ...more
Helicopter parents that home-school their only child are sure that each of them are responsible for their boy being taken from their back yard. Took way too long to read because it just didn't hold my interest...
Kyra has been struggling with her problems since her mother walked out on the family when she was a young girl. Kyra became closer to her sister Amy, but somehow failed to realize that the day her mother l ...more
|Lisa's NYT article on writing WINTERS and her brain aneurysm||1||14||Aug 24, 2011 05:31AM|
Her books have been published in twelve countries and selected for Borders Original Voices, Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, People magazine Critic’s Choice, Redbook Book Club, A ...more