Author: Reed Karaim
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: The writing of this book and the beautiful, melancholy mood it captured were perfection.
“A young man, Eric, drops out of college and lucks into a job with a smalltown newspaper where he meets Anna, a few years older than him. Her story will both haunt and inspire him for the rest of his life. The Winter in Anna unfolds around a romance that almost was and a meditation on what constitutes a life well-lived. Set in a remote North Dakota community in the last days before the Internet, the story centers on this relationship. It is narrated by Eric as he looks back on their days together and struggles to reconcile his memories with what he has since learned about Anna.”
My summary is actually most of what I have to say about this book, but I’ll elaborate because I feel like gushing about this one. I picked it up expecting a beautiful, melancholy read and it definitely delivered! Better still, it accomplished that without being depressing. Wistful, melancholy, austere, but not depressing. The writing also felt very profound. There were constantly sentences that captured feelings I have had with great eloquence even though little of the characters’ situations were familiar to me. I constantly wanted to highlight quotes and save them.
Something that made me excited to pick this up is that goodreads reviewers mentioned that this story was really focused on Anna, even though her story was told by a distinct narrator. I found that to be true as well. I felt like the narrator made a real effort to understand Anna and to accurately describe her perspective. I also felt that he treasured their relationship in a way that was very moving.