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The Centre of Winter Paperback – 21 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; New Ed edition (21 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006552056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006552055
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 962,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Centre of Winter…

‘Hornbacher has created characters who are genuine, engaging, and unforgettable. Following her brutally honest memoir, the acclaimed Wasted (1998), with this stunning debut novel, Hornbacher, who inevitably will be compared to Alice Sebold, proves herself to be a master storyteller’ Booklist (starred review)

‘Hornbacher succeeds marvelously…[She] constructs a kaleidoscope of speakers at times beautiful and often disturbing…[An] adroit first novel.’ Los Angeles Book Review

Praise for Wasted…

‘A stunningly original and beautifully written book gouging deep into a gruesome subject which, by comparison, other writers have merely flirted with.’
Katie Campbell, Evening Standard

‘This factual account of a 23-year old’s experience of anorexia and bulimia is not just another confessional. It has not been written as an act of therapy or for financial gain. It is a prose poem … Like Plath, Hornbacher writes with a metaphoric intensity which at times seems tragically indistinguishable from the power of her drive to self-destruct. Her brutal honesty as to why it happened to her and her lack of special pleading, only adds to the essential pain of the book. If you want to understand anorexia, read this book.’
Alice Thompson, Scotsman

‘What marks Wasted out is the quality of the voice. Hornbacher is, simply, a good writer. Coolly vivid, there’s an edge to her prose … Her gift for description makes even the familiar aspects of the phenomenon newly real.’ Sylvia Brownrigg, Guardian

About the Author

Marya Hornbacher’s memoir ‘Wasted’ was published to critical acclaim in 1998, and her novel ‘The Centre of Winter’ was published in 2005. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Like many others I read Hornbacher's memoir 'Wasted' and was impressed at her vast talents as a writer. I was therefore very keen to read her first work of fiction, if a little nervous that it wouldn't match up to it's predecessor's standard.
As it turns out, my nerves were completetly unneccesary. 'The Centre of Winter' is, in a single word, breathtaking. Telling the story of a family in 60/70s Minnesotta, who have to learn to pick up the pieces of their lives after the suicide of the father, Arthur. Told from three different perspectives, that of Claire the mother, Esau the oldest son and young Kate, the daughter, each narrative provides a glimpse in the effect of the tragedy. Hornbacher's great skill is her abilty to create a truly convincing 'voice' for each narrator, making the entire story seen totally genuine and realistic. Her characters are very complex and interesting as well, with no cliches and stereotypical devices being used.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a deeply touching, thought-provoking read.
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By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2005
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Well, this novell was mind blowing! I ordered it thinking it might be written as skillfully as 'wasted', the authers memoirs. And it was. It was VERY different from her original work, but manages to takle a, perhaps difficult subject, with ease. The simplicity with which the novell is narated, from three different perspectives no less, is honest, believable and at times, breath taking.
Told by the children and their mother it tells the reader of their loss and how they all come to deal with this emotionally. The parts narratted by the children are no less believable considering their age, just told as you would imagine they might feel.
It's not 'Wasted', but does a novell need to be the same as memoirs? It is in a leage of its own and for that i would advice you all to buy and try! Only do so with no expectations and a completely open mind! Its a wonderfull read and is highly believable! x
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