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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  17 reviews
SEASON OF WATER AND ICE is the unforgettable story of two young people confronting life during a tumultuous few months of 1957. In quiet but searing prose it explores the enduring issues of love and family, the destructive forces to which these ideals are exposed, and the healing powers which can restore them.
Danny DeWitt, aged fourteen, lives with his father in a rural ar
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Switchgrass Books
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Timothy Bazzett
I had never heard of Donald Lystra before, until I saw his name and book listed among the Michigan Notable Books for 2010. This book will simply blow you away! It certainlly did that to my wife and me. Set in a fictional small town in the woods of northern Michigan, SEASON OF WATER AND ICE is destined to become a classic coming of age story, with its affecting principal characters of Danny (14) and Amber (18), two "outsiders". It is 1957 - Sputnik and the Cold War. Danny's parents are separated, ...more
Addy
This book was set in Michigan during the 1950s. It stars include Danny, a young boy, his drunk father, a neighbour girl named Amber, and her ex-boyfriend Wayne.
Danny moved from Grand Rapids to a little no-name town with his father after his dad lost his job at the motor company. His mother could not hack the country life style and moved to Chicago, although they stayed married. On the first night in their new place, Danny and his father are practicing their golf swings, when the ball goes hay-w
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Kari Anderson
It’s tough being a teen, no matter where you live or in what year. The year is 1957. The location, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 14-year-old Danny DeWitt has been living in Michigan got about a year. His dad is on a new business endeavor, his mom in Chicago, wanting more out of life, especially money.

Danny is a lonely boy, in a town where he really doesn’t know anybody. That is, until he stumbles upon Amber Dwyer, an older, pregnant teen. He and Amber become inseparable, even through the tough times with
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Emlyn Chand
In his debut novel, “Season of Water and Ice”, Donald Lystra delves deep into the minds and motivations of his characters, carving out an interesting and meaningful story. Danny DeWitt is a fourteen-year-old boy recently relocated to northern rural Michigan with his father, while his mother has chosen to pursue her own dreams in Chicago. Isolated both geographically and emotionally, Danny finds friendship with seventeen-year old neighbor, Amber, a pregnant girl, ostracized by society and discard ...more
Bucket
After all the Proust (not to mention a fabulous novel by Woolf) that I've been reading lately, I felt a little smacked upside the head by the heavy-handedness and predictability that tends to come with a contemporary first novel. The gun was an tragedy waiting to happen the moment it appeared, and Lystra even teases the reader with it on a few occasions (he pulls it out at least three times). Also, when we're in Danny's heads, many sentences started with "and then I thought..." which bothered me ...more
Cheryl
Fourteen year old Danny DeWitt and his father are renting a cabin in Michigan outside of the Manistee National Forest. Danny’s father is a traveling salesman. He sells power tools. Danny’s mother did not come with Danny and his father. She choose to stay behind. The last conversation Danny had with her on the phone, she said she would join them once his father finished building their house in the city as she hated the country. Danny’s father travels a lot, thus leaving Danny by himself most of t ...more
Sahara *Wants to be thrown against wall and ravage
After reading this book, I couldn't forget it. The author really pulls you in, making you feel like your sitting right there. I loved Danny, he is a gentle, sweet boy, so curious about everything and so confused. He befriends a pregnant girl who lives next door and tries to help her but she's so confused they end up helping each other.
The end takes a twist that you don't see coming. I loved the story and highly recommend it!

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Natalie
After reading this book, I couldn't forget it. The author really pulls you in, making you feel like your sitting right there. I loved Danny, he is a gentle, sweet boy, so curious about everything and so confused. He befriends a pregnant girl who lives next door and tries to help her but she's so confused they end up helping each other.
The end takes a twist that you don't see coming. I loved the story and highly recommend it!

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Lauren
This was a really poignant coming-of-age novel that is almost haunting. I can vividly recall scenes still even though I read it several years ago. It's too bad the title is so blase. I can always remember the story, but I can never remember the title when I want to recommend it to folks. If you're familiar with Kurt Vonnegut's story graphs, this story falls into the "which way is up" category, meaning that just like in real life, it's hard to know what is "good" or "bad" in the long-term picture ...more
Melissa
3 1/2-4 stars. Fourteen year old Danny has a lot to grapple with. It's 1957 and he has just moved to rural Michigan so that his father can "experiement" with a new job as a salesman. His mother, deciding this new life isn't for her, leaves to pursue her own interests in Chicago. Then Danny befriends 17 year old Amber, who lives next door to him. Danny struggles to understand the different relationships in his life and the context of love within them. Things become more unstable as he gets closer ...more
Dawn
Michigan author, Northern Michigan setting. It took me a bit to get into this book, but it's elegant writing, from the point of view of a young male teenager living with his unsuccessful salesman Dad in a small home in the north woods drew me in. His only true friend is Amber, a pregnant teenager, a few years older who lives nearby. The time frame is the 50's, and being a pregnant teenager from a poor family does not bode well for her. How it all ends up is probably predicable, but I didn't pred ...more
Lisa Hoenig
This story takes place in rural Michigan in the 1950s. I liked the setting and the voice of the narrator, a high-school boy named Danny. He meets and befriends Amber, a neighbor girl who is pregnant.

There were a lot of great quotes in this book. I read it very slowly and didn't write anything down, but a lot of Danny's thoughts really made me think. Mixed feelings about the ending...
Scott
I liked this book. We are reading it for my book club or I probably would not have picked it up but overall I enjoyed it. It is a coming of age story which our club seems to read a lot of but I found the writing pretty good and an interesting story.
Margot
Apr 04, 2010 Margot is currently reading it
I can't rate this one objectively - it's my Dad's!

But let me say, those who can be objective are giving the novel great praise: it's been named a Michigan Notable Book of the year, and is a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards.
Arlene
It was kind of a blah story even though it was an easy read. Just not much to the story.
Karen
Unique and a real Michigan story.
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