By Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307388575, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 14, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Centered on a young girl who inexplicably stops speaking, December is a riveting and insightful portrait of a family in crisis.Nine months after eleven-year-old Isabelle suddenly fell silent, her parents, Wilson and Ruth, are at their wits' end. And what began as self-protection has spiraled beyond Isabelle's control; she has become trapped in her silence, horrified by the pain she is causing and terrified of losing her old self to this cold young girl she barely recognizes. Isabelle must confront her overwhelming anger and love for her family, a cast of charming yet dangerous characters, and her own fears, before finally finding her voice.
Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop was born and raised in New York City. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2001. In 2004 she received her MFA in fiction from the University of California at Irvine, and she was the recipient of the Schaeffer Writing Fellowship for the 2004-5 academic year. She is the author of Fireworks. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.
“A modern fairy tale.... December offers the pleasures of beautifully composed scenes and...an exact rendering of a child’s acute perceptions.”—The New York Times Book Review“Winthrop carefully and expertly builds the layers of her characters until they are deeply, beautifully drawn.... December is as brilliant and hopeful as its protagonist.” —The Plain Dealer“Winthrop’s prose is crisp and poised and her characterizations convincing.... These people feel lived in and authentic.”—The New York Observer
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