For the reader that likes to spend their winters with stories that are as heavy as a long snowfall, take a look at one of the three fiction titles below set during winter.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
In a small village in Chechnya, an 8-year-old girl watches as her father is taken away by Russian soldiers and her house is burnt to the ground. She is found in the snow by her neighbor and brought to a struggling hospital for refuge. Choose this emotion-laden story if you like winding stories focused on well-drawn out characters.
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Eileen has disappeared. At the time she is twenty-four, working at a juvenile detention center for boys in the 1960s, and living with her alcoholic father. Told fifty years later, Eileen closely details the events leading up to Christmas and her disappearance. Choose this disturbing story if you’re interested in being absorbed into the mind of someone who you’re not sure if you want to know what they’re actually thinking or not.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Set during a harsh winter in Alaska, Jack and Mabel are struggling with the bone-wearying work they have in front of them and a strained marriage. However, the childless couple find a mysterious young girl in the forest that is about to set their lives on a different path. Choose this fairy tale-inspired story if you are looking for a little bit of hope and magic this winter.