The Winters in Bloom
Everyone who knows Kyra and David Winter considers them over-protective parents, but the Winters have good reasons for fearing the worst. When the best thing about their lives—their beloved son, Michael— disappears from his own backyard one perfectly average summer day, the question is, whose past has finally caught up with them?
In the search for young Michael, Kyra and David will be forced to reveal secrets about themselves they’ve always kept hidden, but they will also discover that it’s not too late to have the sort of family they’ve always dreamed of. Lyrical and wise, Lisa Tucker’s enchanting, life-affirming novel will surprise readers and leave them full of wonder at the stubborn strength of the human heart.
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The Winters in Bloom
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He was the only child in a house full of doubt. In bed each night, though it wasn’t dark—the floor lights his father had installed—and it wasn’t entirely private—the nursery monitor both parents refused to give up—he rehearsed the things he was certain of, using his fingers to number them. He was just a little boy, but he wouldn’t allow himself to sleep until he’d gone through both hands twice. Twenty was a good number, he thought, though of course it paled in comparison with the number of doubts, partly because his parents had had so many years to discover... see more
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The Winters in Bloom recounts the story of a family stricken by grief—and guilt—after the disappearance of their five-year-old son from his own backyard one ordinary summer morning. As Kyra and David Winter embark on a journey of time and memory to find their child, they are forced to reveal secrets about themselves they’ve always kept hidden. But the couple is also given a chance to discover that it’s not too late to have the family they’ve dreamed of; that even if the world is full of risks, as long as they have hope, the future can bloom.
TOPICS AND QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- The novel opens with Michael in his bedroom counting on his fingers the things of which he is certain. He counts twenty certainties each night, which is a small number compared to his list of doubts, “the future was always the biggest doubt of all.” (p. 3) Could this opening scene be said to foreshadow the kidnapping? Do you think Michael has some kind of sense of what might be in store for him? Do his par