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Face the Winter Naked
     

Face the Winter Naked

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by Bonnie Turner
 

Daniel Tomelin -- a battle-worn veteran haunted by the carnage of the First World War -- deserts his family in the Great Depression and goes on the road seeking work and relief from the nightmares of his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Set in a tragic era when hope was sometimes all they had, this story parallels today's economic turmoil and unemployment.

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Daniel Tomelin -- a battle-worn veteran haunted by the carnage of the First World War -- deserts his family in the Great Depression and goes on the road seeking work and relief from the nightmares of his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Set in a tragic era when hope was sometimes all they had, this story parallels today's economic turmoil and unemployment. It's "The Grapes of Wrath" from another viewpoint. It's a wife and mother providing for her children under miserable circumstances, while her husband tramps around the country playing a banjo, searching for answers to the puzzle of Daniel Tomelin, keeping his hillbilly sense of humor, his humanity, his love of God and nature intact, while deep inside feeling ashamed and unworthy of the family he loves with all his heart. Like hundreds of other men during those impoverished years, Daniel's wounded pride for being unable to care for his wife and children prevents him from going home.

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: 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.

Readers may feel they are hiking with this simple carpenter through the Ozark hills of Missouri as he wears out his cardboard "Hoover" insoles searching for his next meal, an odd job, or shelter from the dust and sweltering heat that summer of 1932. But they'll be glad they're not.

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"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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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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000833421
Publisher:
Bonnie Turner
Publication date:
03/07/2010
Series:
Historical Collection
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
563,525
File size:
372 KB
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)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Turner (AKA Aurorawolf) is an independent publisher, author, proofreader, and copy editor. She writes Children's Fiction and Nonfiction, Young Adult and Adult Historical Fiction, Humor, Satire and Romantic Suspense. She's a Jazz Fusion & Classical music fan with a background in parapsychology, metaphysics, and yoga. Born in Independence, Missouri, at the height of the Great Depression, she currently lives in De Pere, Wisconsin. ___________________ NEED HELP WITH YOUR MANUSCRIPT? PROOFREADING & COPY EDITING Low cost & professional. References available. Info: aurorawolf.bonnieturner.editor@gmail.com

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Face the Winter Naked 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I could not put it down, I finished it in 2 days (if I didn't have to go to work it would have been 1) Great story of the strength of family in the toughest of times. I also enjoyed the way the in which the author wrote the story. The chapters alternate between Daniel's struggles on the road & then what was happening with his family at the same time period until they finally catch up to each other. I really was swept up in the story & was sad when I finished because I wanted more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read book for teens and up to 99! Very touching novel about the Great Depression and one families struggle. If you weren't born yet, you will learn much about those times and wonder how people survived, and somehow they did just that.. Those who remember will be touched by this story as well. There is love, despair and even humor. This book was hard to put down as I couldn't wait to see where Danial would be next and if he would ever come home. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good historical novel. The ending was too abrupt, and wished the author would had drawn it out a little more. When I came to the last page, I thought there was 100 more, but they were the first pages of another novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shoild be on new york times best seller list along side "unbroken", " the help", and "water for elephants". If you love historical fiction you will appreciate this story of a war vetran during the depression. I was surprised to read that this is the first adult book the author published given the author herself grew up during the depression. I hope to read more from this gifted writer before she retires. This book is a must read! I hope she recieves an award for her work or at least recgnition for her art of story telling. Thank you for a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a great job giving Daniel and LaDaisy their voice as they each experience their own hardship during the depression. It is a long book but it is so interesting that I had a hard time putting it down. I was finished before I knew it. The story is set in a time not many authors write about today. I even learned a couple of things about our history. If you are looking for a really good, well written story, this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mother often talked of the difficulties of growing up during the Depression. Reading this book I realized that it was even worse than she let on. This was a very moving book that was heart breaking to read at times. Well worth reading!
Cassiopia1177 More than 1 year ago
Never sure about self published freebies, but this one is a gem. Great story with realistic characters and great historical detail. Give it a shot- you won't regret it.
msdymond More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book on a Friday night and finished it by mid day on Saturday. The only thing about the book that disappointed me was that it had to end.
Undo More than 1 year ago
Good, entertaining story with sort of an abrupt ending. Is there a sequel?
TAZLS More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, beginning to end!
trishamil More than 1 year ago
This was just one of those really enjoyable stories. I loved this author's style. I also love the history witch is the backdrop of the story.
nkbnkb More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful book that reflected the truly hard life people were forced to live during the depression. A good read.
spydurpoet More than 1 year ago
This was a powerful, deep story about the heartache, tragedy, and redemption of a family during the Great Depression. The characters were soulful and believable. I cannot give this book enough praise to suit it. The author normally writes children's books pertaining to Native American legends, so this is a branch out from her norm. She did an excellent job with the flow, and it was a beautiful story.
need2readVC More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh, this was just a good book. Just finished reading it and I didn't want it to end. You have to get this one. It's free and this free is worth it. I would have paid for this one.
Tanya Heims More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!! Was sad it ended!! Had every emotion - and makes you greatful for what you have! Read it in about 24 hours
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storry. Beginning was hard to get into, but by the middle of the book, was wanting to know what happens. It was an enjoyable read and how sad things must have been in those days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw many good reviews about this book, some that even mentioned it to be somewhat humorous. However, I have found nothing humorous about a man who abandons his family and a wife left behind to fight against poverty and homelessness while trying to raise their four kids while being repeatedly raped by her brother in law and landlord. I had to stop reading because it was upsetting me so much. Perhaps I'll go back to it one day, but I don't know when. It is well written, but for me it is the gritty reality that disturbs me greatly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, would be especially good for a high school or college history class when talking about the Great Depression!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book giving a fictional but personal experience of what the depression was like. It is great for the generations that didn't go through it and whose parents or grandparents do not talk much of that era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I found the characters engaging, the story well written and very moving. Highly recommended!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has a great gift for drawing the reader into the lives of her characters. This book can not be put down until its conclusion. This will be my next recommendation for our book club. Can not wait to read more of Bonnies work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story epitomizes the struggle of one man with self judgement and Post Traumatic Stress in a time when such things were not labeled well and treated with even less effect. This is countered with his wife's own struggle with violence while trying to keep children fed and clothed under judgment by family and neighbors. The back drop of the great depression makes for a canvass that enhances the struggle and the cohesivness of humanity, warts and all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and can believe that this may have happened to some families during the depression. i would recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book, didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting historical fiction and I have already recommended it to many friends. Very good!