2021 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction

Winter Light

by Martha Engber

WINTER LIGHT is the story of 15-year-old Mary Donahue of suburban Chicago, a kid on the cusp of failure during the brutal blizzard winter of 1978-79, the end of a hard luck, hard rock era sunk in the cynical aftermath of the Vietnam War.

The language of WINTER LIGHT is simple and stark as Mary’s internal landscape. Though a smart, beautiful kid, she’s a motherless girl raised by an uneducated, alcoholic father within an extended family of alcoholics and addicts. Aware that she’s sinking, she’s desperate to save herself and so reaches out to an unlikely source, Kathleen, a nice, normal kid from English class.

But when the real storm hits, the full force of a harsh adult world almost buries Mary. Only then does she learn that the only difference between life and death is knowing when to grasp an extended hand.


Amazon universal link: https://tinyurl.com/2h33mdd9

Bookshop.org (independent bookstores): https://bookshop.org/books/winter-light/9781925965445 

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Martha Engber is the author of WINTER LIGHT, a 2021 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction, which enjoys 5-star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. She’s also the author of THE WIND THIEF, a novel, and GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS, a resource for writers. She’s had a play produced in Hollywood and fiction and poetry published in the Aurorean, Watchword, the Berkeley Fiction Review, and other journals. A freelance editor, workshop facilitator and speaker, she lives in California with her husband, bike, and surfboard.


Website/blog: https://marthaengber.com 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/marthaengber

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marthaengber/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martha-engber-a2a429a/

Facebook fan page (Martha Engber’s Creatives): https://www.facebook.com/MarthasCreatives/

GoodReads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/674291.Martha_Engber

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCISxGw4d3NVpr_ImzXzvZ9A?view_as=subscriber

5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant book – a fully immersive experience” – Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking and absorbing” – Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read…. an absolute education in complexity” – Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute triumph!” – Amazon reviewer

“5.0 out of 5 stars – Warning: You won’t be able to put Winter Light down. Sleep will be missed.” – Amazon reviewer

“5.0 out of 5 stars – Realistic, haunting” – Amazon reviewer

“5.0 out of 5 stars – A fantastic book well worth the read” – Amazon reviewer

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