Face the Winter Naked

Face the Winter Naked

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by Bonnie Turner
     
 

Daniel Tomelin, a shell-shocked veteran haunted by the carnage of the First World War, abandons his family in the Great Depression and goes on the road in search of relief from his nightmares. The life of a freight-hopping, banjo-strumming hobo appeals to him more than he wants to admit. But he insists he's not a bum - he's a family man looking for work; a

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Daniel Tomelin, a shell-shocked veteran haunted by the carnage of the First World War, abandons his family in the Great Depression and goes on the road in search of relief from his nightmares. The life of a freight-hopping, banjo-strumming hobo appeals to him more than he wants to admit. But he insists he's not a bum - he's a family man looking for work; a down-and-out victim of the Depression, whose war flashbacks and guilt for leaving his family accompany him through the hills of Missouri.

Compassionate, humorous, and warm, despite the economic hardships of the era, Face the Winter Naked will appeal to readers who enjoy tales of survival in the Great Depression. Stories of desperate men who couldn't handle the realities of war or financial ruin. Men who dearly loved their families but hadn't the courage to stay and accept responsibility. The story pulls the reader back to a tragic period in history, where people either learned to cope with poverty - or perished.

What they're saying about the book:

"Face the Winter Naked is a gorgeously written and evocative novel of an earlier economic crisis: the Great Depression. Readers looking for a stunning read, intelligent and emotional on every level, will not be disappointed."

~~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Crazy Beautiful and the The Education of Bet

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Face The Winter Naked is a poignant tale of a family's plight during the Great Depression. Plagued by traumatic memories of the First World War, Daniel abandons his family, leaving his wife LaDaisy to fend for herself and the children. The narrative alternates between Daniel's life as a hobo seeking work and LaDaisy's struggle to keep her family alive while fighting off the advances of a man with the power to leave her and her children homeless. Turner's engaging writing tells their stories with compassion and insight and vividly brings to life the feel of the era. If you liked Water for Elephants, this is one for you. (May 21, 2010 by MonK, an Amazon customer)

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The great war tore apart lives, and the depression didn't help. "Face the Winter Naked" is a novel of two such situations, telling the story of Daniel Tomelin, a traumatized World War I veteran and his family. A story of the challenges of family and facing tragedy and the constant challenges of motherhood during these rough times, "Face the Winter Naked" is a touching work of Depression fiction, highly recommended. (From Amazon.com December 4, 2010, By Midwest Book Review, Oregon, WI USA)

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Editorial Reviews

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Bonnie Turner's Face the Winter Naked is a beautifully written tale of strength, hope, love, and despair. Within the pages of this book, the era of the Great Depression unfolds into sharply focused reality, and the people who were impacted the most by that time of financial desperation come to life. Ms. Turner is an excellent storyteller, and I found myself completely immersed in her narrative.
Linda Johnson
Heart-breaking

Face The Winter Naked was an eye opener. Such a sad time. LaDaisy's story could have been the true life story of my Grandma Eva Blue. My grandfather left her to raise 3 little boys by herself. Heros come in every shape & size. This is a work of fiction but Ms Turner could easily have written my grandmothers story.

Daniel suffered from PTSD... This book will haunt you, long after you finish.
Joan Johnson
Spot-On Depiction

My parents lived through the Depression era, and many of the stories they told me were directly depicted in this remarkable book... These are real people, with real problems, in a world they didn't create but did their best to survive, and the author is to be commended for writing an insightful book that could have, but didn't, become maudlin. This book is proof that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
R. Correll
I swan, I love this book!

I'm not sure if I've ever seen the mild oath "I swan" in a book before, but my late mother used it often. The language in "Face the Winter Naked" really spoke to me in a familiar tongue. The story reminded me of stories told by my late parents about the Great Depression... my grandma would never turn away a hungry mouth showing up at their door.

Thank you Bonnie for such a fine read.

PS: I'm a 60 plus year old male.
Amy Sue Nathan
I'm a very picky reader and I don't finish books I don't like -- my reading time is too precious to waste. Reading FACE THE WINTER NAKED was a wonderful way to spend my time. It's well-written, vivid, engaging and heart-tugging. I went to sleep at night thinking of Daniel and LaDaisy , the main characters, and woke up in the morning ready to read more. I raced to the end of the book to know what happened but was sorry when I read the last page because my time with the characters was over.
Joanne Donaldson
Great thought provoking book

This is a book for those who enjoy connecting with all elements of our humanity...pathos, sorrow, hurt, forgiveness, love and hope. Anyone who has lived the near 70 years I have can relate as we have faced most of life's pains and truly understand that we all suffer from much of the histories and characteristics of these characters. I could not put this book down and did not want it to end.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000833421
Publisher:
Bonnie Turner
Publication date:
03/07/2010
Series:
Historical Collection
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
18,766
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted
FACE THE WINTER NAKED is a gorgeously written and evocative novel of an earlier economic crisis: the Great Depression. Readers looking for a stunning read, intelligent and emotional on every level, will not be disappointed. (Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Crazy Beautiful and The Education of Bet)
Karen Donley-Hayes
Bonnie Turner's Face the Winter Naked is set during the Great Depression, but her story encompasses issues that reach far beyond that era and know no time constraints—war. Political strife. Economic collapse. Environmental catastrophe. Division of families. Cruelty and oppression. Poverty, inequity, and all the faces of prejudice. But it is also about love. And faith. And strength. And hope, forgiveness, and perseverance. Face the Winter Naked provides an engrossing read in which Turner interweaves history, geography, and a compelling love story. More than that, it is a story that looks beyond the surface, delving into the inner workings of the human mind—a powerful narrative that illuminates larger issues of humanity that are timeless and volatile and just as apropos today as decades ago. (Karen Donley-Hayes, M.A.I.S., author and editor)

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