The Sisters of the Winter Wood

The Sisters of the Winter Wood

by Rena Rossner


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"With luscious and hypnotic prose, Rena Rossner tells a gripping, powerful story of family, sisterhood, and two young women trying to find their way in the world." —Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles and Circe

An imaginative historical fantasy steeped in rich Jewish culture, Rena Rossner's debut invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.

In a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami's babka and the low rumble of their Tati's prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell - despite their mother's warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods.

As dark forces close in on their village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realize the old fairy tales are true...and could save them all.

Praise for The Sisters of the Winter Wood:

Publishers Weekly: Best Book of 2018: SF/Fantasy/Horror
BookPage: Best Book of 2018: Science Fiction & Fantasy

"Intricately crafted, gorgeously rendered...full of heart, history, and enchantment." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A richly detailed story of Jewish identity and sisterhood... emotionally charged, full of sharp historical detail and well-deployed Yiddish phrases...Ambitious and surprising." — Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316483254
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 508,028
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Rena Rossner lives in Israel, where she works as a literary agent. All eight of her great grandparents immigrated to America to escape the pogroms, from towns like Dubossary and Kupel. It is their story, together with her love of Jewish mythology and fantasy, which inspired her to write The Sisters of the Winter Wood.

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