The Edge of Winter
This is a tender tale of a mother and daughter negotiating life after the man of the family left them. Mom, Neve Halloran, works in an art gallery. Daughter, Mickey, is fifteen and infused with a love of birds. When she hears that her favorite bird, one that she has never yet seen, was spotted on the beach, she and a friend take off on their bikes for a look at the Snowy Owl. From there, events are set into motion for a first love, and a growing understanding about her father.The more I think back on this book, the more I like it. Though it does cover a lot of territory, I’d still call it a beach read. The topics covered were done so thoughtfully, which makes me want to recommend this to young adult readers. Alcoholism U-boats, PTSD, raptor rehabilitation, talk of various wars, all this could have made a deeper, darker story, but this one was nicely paced, even-keeled, and very well done. Set along Rhode Island’s ocean side in South County, the location was beautifully conjured by the author. The U-boat of this story is called U823, which was sunk off R.I. with 55 aboard, lying 11 fathoms deep. Wikipedia shows an actual event, U853, with the same stats. Although I did not know about this particular event in history, I thought that the author treated it well in her story.