A moving novel about love, loss, and an extraordinary lifelong passion for golf, by the acclaimed author of The Cliff Walk and Fallen Angel.
Ross Lansdale never knew his mother and father and grew up at St. Luke’s Orphanage for Boys in the 1950s. The one person who took an interest in him was Father Martin, a Benedictine monk who understood the loneliness of an orphan’s life. He instilled in Ross an enduring love of two solitary, reliable pursuits: golf and books. Over the years, and through the loss of his beloved mentor, Ross comes to rely on these trustworthy tools, sure that they will never abandon him.
As an adult and a college professor of literature, Ross encounters two people who will challenge and forever change his life: Julia, the student who opens his heart only to make him feel more vulnerable than ever, and Johnny Durocher, a spit-fire new professor–and terrifically talented golfer–who becomes Ross’s first true friend. Durocher’s one serious dream is to play the amateur tournament on the Old Course at Saint Andrews, but when an unforeseen tragedy keeps Johnny from playing, Ross must make the boldest decision of his life. As he travels to Scotland to confront his failures and fears, Ross embraces his wonder of the ancient game and plays a round of golf in honor of his friend, and the boy he used to be.
With characteristic poignancy and style that have earned Don J. Snyder critical acclaim for his novels and screenplays, WINTER DREAMS is a remarkable new work filled with compassion, heartache, and the grace that comes from the triumph of personal courage.
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Critical Raves for the Work of Don J. Snyder:
OF TIME AND MEMORY
“Of Time and Memory reads like a mystery story and it is that suspense, coupled with Snyder’s honest prose, that is most engaging.” —New York Times Book Review
“Extraordinarily gripping…. A profoundly thoughtful book that cannot help but touch anyone who has lost an adored one. [Snyder’s] writing goes right to the heart of the matter–and the heart of the reader.” —Miami Herald
“This memoir of his discovery process braids earnest, if effusive, ruminations with novelistic passages…” —Publishers Weekly
THE CLIFF WALK
“An achingly lyrical memoir…I marked paragraphs to read aloud, to share with others, almost on every page.” —Chicago Tribune
“Through the mill emerges a new Snyder, a better Snyder, his tale a cautionary one, as gruesomely captivating as a traffic accident.” —Kirkus Reviews
“As I read The Cliff Walk into the night, unable to stop, I felt horror, disgust, amusement, and finally, regard.” —Boston Globe
“A cautionary fable… strengthened by novelistic pacing and detail… Fortunately, on his journey to another life, Mr. Snyder took good notes.” —New York Times Book Review