In the shadow of the Great Depression, long before historical changes leading toward LGBTQ advocacy and equality, unpretentious eighteen-year-old Ruth Thompson defies her family's expectations to marry Duke, her long-time sweetheart. Instead, she joins a rodeo circuit with her cousin in order to earn money for college and comes of age in the rough and tumble male-dominated culture of rodeo competition.
Ruth returns home to Minnesota a prize-winning competitor and resumes her familiar relationship with Duke. Once at college she grows increasingly restless in her role as a sorority girl with Duke as her escort for all social occasions. Her safe existence is upended when she meets confident and free-spirited Gisela and then further unravels when the two women fall in love.
The lives of Ruth, Gisela, and Duke entwine while Ruth embarks on a journey of self-discovery, full of dangerous social repercussions that takes her from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean of California. As WWII escalates, each of them faces a test of their own fortitude as all three must come to grips with redemption, forgiveness, the meaning of family and how to honor their authentic truth during this perilous time in history.
Both heart wrenching and uplifting, The Winter Loon honors the strength and spirit of all those who grapple with social persecution because of who they love and how they define family whether it is their own flesh and blood kinfolk and/or those nearest and dearest to their heart.
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I find it difficult to write a review for a book as touching and hopeful as The Winter Loon. Most often it is very painful to look at the history of LGBTQ folks trying to live their lives honestly. Our history has been brutal and uniquely personal in our march towards liberty. The Winter Loon takes a look at the life of a lesbian in the mid1900s; her family, her friends, her loves and her journey to be herself amongst them without apology. The characters are incredibly well written, each of them jumping off the page as fully developed people you can relate to and picture as having a place in your life. The lead character Ruth has many struggles, adversities and tragedies in her life. She is not always able to pull herself out of them on her own but manages with the help of her community to find a hopeful place and a create a life worth living. So often LGBTQ themed historical fiction is tragic and hard to read. It is a breath of fresh air to find a book that, though it has its share of tragedy, carries an air of hope. It is a reminder that community is what carries us through and that all of our participation is vital whether we ever know it or not. Cherry Robinson Psy. D. Lesbian and Environmental Activist, Trainer, and Teacher