The Winter Loon

The Winter Loon

by Lori Henriksen

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The Winter Loon is a 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist, a Self Publishing Review Book Awards Finalist, and is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.

In the shadow of the Great Depression, long before historical changes leading toward LGBTQ advocacy, Ruth Thompson defies her family's expectations that she 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 culture of rodeo competition.

After returning home to Minnesota, Ruth resumes her familiar relationship with Duke. Once at college, her safe existence is upended when she meets confident and free-spirited Gisela, and 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 faces a test of their fortitude, and Ruth must finally find a way to defy social backlash or lose the woman she loves.

Both heart wrenching and uplifting, The Winter Loon honors the strength and spirit of all those who struggle 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158675232
Publisher: Cougar Creek Books
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 152,702
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lori Henriksen is a debut indie author who worked as a social worker and licensed family therapist in San Francisco, California before turning to writing. She now lives in Oregon, surrounded by forest where trails weave through the trees, following and crossing a creek with crashing waterfalls. When she isn’t writing she can be found hiking the forest with her rescue dogs, puttering in her garden or out and about doing research for her next novel. More information and her blog can be found at

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The Winter Loon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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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