Mind of Winter [NOOK Book]

Overview

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...

See more details below
Mind of Winter

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.99
BN.com price

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
11/15/2013
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
Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
An unknown horror hovers just out of reach in this gripping psychological thriller from Kasischke (The Raising). One snowy Christmas morning in a Detroit suburb, Holly Judge and her 15-year-old daughter, Tatiana, prepare for the holiday while her husband, Eric Clare, drives to the airport to fetch his aging parents. The day reminds Holly of a Christmas 13 years earlier, when she and Eric traveled to Siberia to adopt Tatiana, who was then two years old. Holly is now convinced that Tatiana is not the child they first saw. "Something had followed them home from Russia," becomes Holly's mantra, as she blames Tatiana for her stalled writing career and general malaise. Is Tatiana evil or a typical sullen teenager? A storm that grows into a raging blizzard mirrors Holly's intensifying anxiety, turning their isolated home into a haunted house from which there's no escape. Kasischke skillfully mixes an insightful look at a damaged woman with a twisty plot that builds to a shocking ending. Agent: Lisa Bankoff, ICM. (Apr.)
Vogue.com
“Shocking.”
NPR
“Leave-the-lights-on-tonight frightening, with a quiet edge of horror that is much more effective than gore.”
BookPage
“Impossible to put down.”
Boston Globe
“A nightmare-inducing domestic mystery...Kasischke knows that what lurks hidden in the shadows is scarier than any monster we can see. She also knows that, scared as we may be, we can’t resist a peek.”
Entertainment Weekly
“A terrifying brew of family drama and horror...The awesome ending doesn’t disappoint.”
Ivy Pochoda
“MIND OF WINTER is a tightly coiled story of suffocating love and undeniable horror. Its grip is remarkably chilling, masterfully poetic, and psychologically unrelenting.”
Booklist (starred review)
“A book that will haunt you for days and long, long nights after reading.”
New York Times Book Review
“It is not enough to say that Kasischke’s language is ‘poetic’ . . . [T]he language catapults us into another plane of existence, one of facade and reflection.”
Jennifer McMahon
“A genuinely disturbing tale, each layer perfectly crafted, stacked together like a set of Russian nesting dolls, the tiniest one at the center the horrific secret that everything else depends upon....Both a masterwork of evocative prose and a bone-chilling page-turner.”
Elin Hilderbrand
“If I could stand on a mountaintop and shout over the land, I would do it now: This book is magnificent! It’s a gripping psychological thriller, at once both charmingly domestic and flat-out terrifying. Laura Kasischke writes so well that she leaves me inspired and very, very jealous.”
Kimberly McCreight
“Thought-provoking and chilling, MIND OF WINTER will have you looking over your shoulder as you tear through the pages to the shocking and heartbreaking conclusion. It will leave you questioning not only what is real, but also what it means to be a good mother.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-06
Author and poet Kasischke (If a Stranger Approaches You, 2013, etc.) chronicles the ramblings of a woman snowed in with her adopted daughter on Christmas Day. Holly and her husband, Eric, adopted beautiful Tatiana from a cold, impersonal Russian orphanage when she was a toddler. The little girl with the blue-tinged skin, glossy black hair, and huge, dark eyes adjusted quickly to the love and attention showered upon her by her new family, but when they all oversleep on Christmas morning, the day grows exceptionally strange. Eric rushes out in a blizzard to fetch his elderly parents from the airport, while Holly and Tatty—as they call their daughter—try to put dinner on the table for their guests, which include Eric's brothers and their wives and some family friends. But something is different about this day: Holly awakens to the idea that something followed them home from Russia, and she keeps trying to hold on to that idea in order to write it down. And Tatty, despite having overslept, keeps taking long naps. She also makes strange appearances in which both her clothes and personality change. Then there's Holly's phone, which rings often but conceals the identity of the caller and transmits odd messages. Holly, the sole narrator of the story, is a poet with writer's block, but in Kasischke's hands, she becomes a buzzing mosquito, obsessing over every decision, no matter how small and inconsequential. The story's most fascinating moments occur when the author decamps to Siberia in the days before and during Tatty's adoption. The rich and heartbreaking details surrounding the orphanage and the adoption process provide interesting insight into both Holly and Tatty. But the author's favored technique of taking random thoughts and dwelling on them for pages on end makes for some thin and often frustrating prose. A prolonged exercise in navel-gazing, with a powerful ending that may be redemptive in the eyes of readers who stick around.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062284419
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 70,890
  • File size: 588 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Kasischke teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. A winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, she has published eight collections of poetry and ten novels, three of which have been made into films, including The Life Before Her Eyes.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 7 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews
  • Posted March 27, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    3.5/5 Do you ever decide to read a book solely based on the cov

    3.5/5 Do you ever decide to read a book solely based on the cover? The cover of Laura Kasischke's newest novel Mind of Winter seemed to promise a deliciously creepy read. And it was.

    On a snowy Christmas morning Holly Judge awakes.... "and knew: Something had followed them home from Russia."

    Well, I was hooked. What could this something be? A spirit? A ghost? A demon? Or something of this world - bad luck, misfortune, debts?

    Kasischke gives Holly free rein as the narrator of Mind of Winter. The entire book is told in a stream of consciousness from Holly. From the opening pages I thought something was 'off' with Holly. Her whirlwind mind sucks the reader into her confusion. And then her Russian adopted daughter Tatiana is introduced and my suspicions shifted. And then shifted again. Holly is able to easily explain away all of her daughter's odd behavior. And we are again left wondering what is truly happening.

    Interspersed amongst Holly's thoughts are memories. Memories of Holly and Eric's trip to Russia to pick up their adopted daughter. There are clues tucked away into those memories that gave credence to my suspicions.

    The blizzard that isolates Holly and Tatiana is the perfect backdrop for what may be a descent into either madness or horror. I admit to feeling slightly underwhelmed with the resolution.

    Still, Mind of Winter was an atmospheric, one sitting under a solitary lamp late at night read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Good but only 166 pages?

    This is more like a novella. Great story but pricy for such a short book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 12, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    What a deliciously creepy and mysterious story Mind of Winter wa

    What a deliciously creepy and mysterious story Mind of Winter was. And the ending, oh what an ending!
    It was like being splashed in the face with cold water that ending was. I was stunned and left speechless.
    I finished reading Mind of Winter outside of Starbucks while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate, and when I got to the last page,
    I wanted to jump up and scream "Oh my God!". But I refrained myself because I didn't want to look like a crazy woman.

    The story starts off on a snowy Christmas morning. Holly is having family over but she sleeps in late, oddly enough, and
    she has a strange thought in her head that "something had followed them home from Russia". Her husband Eric, who  
    also slept late, bolts out of bed and hurries off to pick his parents up at the airport. Holly is left home alone with her fifteen
    year old daughter, Tatiana, whom they adopted from Russia thirteen years ago. Tatiana has always been beautiful, and different with very pale skin and dark hair and eyes.

    Now that Holly is home alone with her daughter, she can't help but continue to reflect on all the oddities and the bad
     luck from over over the last thirteen years. As the story flows, Holly has flashbacks, of her life before and after Tatiana.
    She has several flashbacks of the orphanage in Russia where she adopted Tatiana.

    She also begins to notice her daughter's increasingly odd behavior, to the point where she is becoming fearful.
    As the storm rages outside and becomes a full blown blizzard leaving the mother and daughter stranded at home,
    Holly grows increasingly unsettled and somewhat unhinged. She keeps thinking "something had followed them home from Russia".
    Holly is also a writer and has an almost nervous anxiousness about wanting to get pen and paper so that she can write, but she can't
    seem to find a spare moment.

    I felt like author Laura Kasischke did a fantastic job at setting the mood and at slowly drawing me in and making me think something
     was not quite right about Tatiana, while also wondering whether Holly was sane or not. Holly's paranoia and inner ramblings reminded
     me of the woman in Perkins' story The Yellow Wallpaper.
    I find characters who are insane, but functioning in every day lives, to be more terrifying than monsters under the bed or ghosts in the
    attic.

    I found Mind of Winter to be fantastically creepy, wonderfully atmospheric and a great book to curl up with on cool Autumn evenings.
    This one kept me guessing until the very end. Highly recommended. I could not read this one fast enough, yet I did not want it to end.

    disclaimer:
    This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book.
    While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received  my
    free copy via AmazonVine. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    The epitome of a psychological thriller!!  It's as good as it ge

    The epitome of a psychological thriller!!  It's as good as it gets!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Not so good.

    I think maybe this would have been better as a short story. It seemed very drawn out and repetitive. Then when we reached the end, it seemed hurried. I hate not finishing books after I start them, and that is the only reason I finished this one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Too pricey for a short story

    A good but short read! Very disappointed in Nook and B&N

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    downer book

    When a book causes me to skim past pages in order to get to the end then it deserves poor reviews. The constant whining of the lead character left me hoping for an early end to her character. Sorry, didn't care for it at all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)