Trapped inside the house during a blizzard, Holly Judge awakens to her worst nightmare when she no longer recognizes her daughter Tatiana, whose behavior has become increasingly erratic and disturbing. - (Baker & Taylor)
"On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare--something she must write down--floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. On another Christmas morning thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric were in Siberia to meet the sweet, dark-haired Rapunzel they desperately wanted. How they laughed at the nurses of Pokrovka Orphanage #2 with their garlic and their superstitions, and ignored their gentle warnings. After all, their fairy princess Tatiana--baby Tatty--was perfect. As the snow falls, enveloping the world in its white silence, Holly senses that something is not right, has not been right in the years since they brought their daughter--now a dangerously beautiful, petulant, sometimes erratic teenager--home. There is something evil inside this house. Inside themselves. How else to explain the accidents, the seemingly random and banal misfortunes. Trixie, the cat. The growth on Eric's hand. Sally the hen, their favorite, how the other chickens turned on her. The housekeeper, that ice, a bad fall. The CDs scratched, every one. But Holly must not think of these things. She and Tatiana are all alone. Eric is stuck on the roads and none of their guests will be able to make it through the snow. With each passing hour, the blizzard rages and Tatiana's mood darkens, her behavior becoming increasingly disturbing and frightening. Until, in every mother's worst nightmare, Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter"-- - (Baker & Taylor)
Trapped inside the house during a blizzard, Holly Judge awakens to her worst nightmare when she no longer recognizes her daughter Tatiana whose behavior has become increasingly erratic and disturbing. 25,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
Laura Kasischke, the critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling poet and author of The Raising, returns Mind of Winter, a dark and chilling thriller that combines domestic drama with elements of psychological suspense and horror—an addictive tale of denial and guilt that is part Joyce Carol Oates and part Chris Bohjalian.
On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens with the fragments of a nightmare floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. Thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric adopted baby Tatty, their pretty, black-haired Rapunzel, from the Pokrovka Orphanage #2. Now, at fifteen, Tatiana is more beautiful than ever—and disturbingly erratic.
As a blizzard rages outside, Holly and Tatiana are alone. With each passing hour, Tatiana’s mood darkens, and her behavior becomes increasingly frightening . . . until Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.
The critically acclaimed and bestselling author of The Raising returns with a haunting and shadowy thriller about the love between a mother and daughter.
Something had followed them from Russia.
On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare—something so important that she must write it down—floating on the edge of her consciousness.
Something had followed them from Russia.
It was thirteen years ago that she and her husband, Eric, went to Siberia to adopt the sweet, dark-haired child they had wanted so desperately. How they laughed at the nurses of Pokrovka Orphanage #2 with their garlic and superstitions, and ignored their insistent warnings. After all, their fairy princess Tatiana—Baby Tatty—was perfect.
As the snow falls, enveloping the world in its white silence, Holly senses that something is not right, and has never been right in the years since they brought their daughter home. Now Tatty is a dangerously beautiful, petulant, and often erratic teenager, and Holly feels there is something evil lurking within their house.
She and Tatiana are alone. Eric is stuck on the roads, and none of the other guests for Christmas dinner will be able to make it through the snow. With each passing hour, the blizzard rages and Tatiana's mood darkens, her behavior becoming increasingly disturbing . . . until, in every mother's worst nightmare, Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.
*Starred Review* Holly Judge wakes up on Christmas morning knowing "Something had followed them home from Russia." Trapped at home with her teenage daughter during a blizzard, Holly's thoughts drift back to the trips she and her husband took to Siberia's Pokrovka Orphanage #2 to adopt baby Tatiana. Versions of those visits change as the day progresses. Holly's slow revelations about what drove her to adopt and her own family history cause the reader to become even more suspicious of Holly's increasingly confused descriptions of the day's events. Whatever happened in Russia, something, or someone, in that house is not right. The slow, cold menace in the book is palpable. As a reader, you know that something horrible is going to be revealed—something awful and inevitable. And, when you finally force yourself to turn that last page, it will not be a scream that gets caught in your throat, but a gut-punching, heart-wrenching sob. A book that will haunt you for days and long, long nights after reading. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
The wonderful Kasischke, author of both poetry (she won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2011 for Space, in Chains) and fiction (she's currently up for France's Prix Médicis étranger for this novel) here offers a tale of crushing psychological suspense. When Holly Judge awakens one snowy Christmas morn, she's convinced that something evil has followed them home from Russia, where they have gone to adopt a child. It's something inside them, and it's leading to the housekeeper's fall, the growth on her husband's hand, the scratched CDs…. For smart readers wanting to shiver.
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Holly, a wife and mother, wakes up on Christmas Day with a hangover and a vague sense of unease, the first of many things that go wrong. She's missed the alarm, and her husband is late to pick up his elderly parents at the airport. Outside, a raging blizzard develops, stranding her husband with his parents. None of the invited houseguests will risk the drive to their house for the holiday dinner, leaving Holly alone with her beautiful adopted Russian daughter, Tatiana, or Tatty, who is going through a particularly sullen adolescent phase, driving Holly to distraction. Or is Holly simply one of those annoying clinging mothers? Ordinary household events—preparing a meal, fretting over dropped phone calls, arguing with her daughter—become weighted with sinister significance. Holly's nonstop interior ruminations are agonizing yet fascinating and draw the reader into a search for clues as to what is real and what may be bizarrely delusional. VERDICT Winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for her poetry, Kasischke also writes fine fiction; this novel is up for France's Prix Médicis étranger, and Kasischke's writing has been compared to that of Joyce Carol Oates. Like Mona Simpson (Anywhere but Here), Kasischke vividly depicts a woman's tormented inner world. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/13.]—Reba Leiding, formerly with James Madison Univ. Lib., Harrisonburg, VA
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