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Mind of Winter: A Novel par [Kasischke, Laura]
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It's rare and wonderful to find a book like Mind of Winter that is both a masterwork of evocative prose and a bone-chilling page-turner -Jennifer McMahon

Thought-provoking and chilling, Mind of Winter will have you looking over your shoulder as you tear through the pages to the shocking and heartbreaking conclusion - Kimberly McCreight

Few novels sustain such levels of domestic creepiness and the revelation at the end feels like a punch --Sunday Times

Shocking --Vogue

Few novels sustain such levels of domestic creepiness and the revelation at the end feels like a punch --Sunday Times

Shocking --Vogue

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Laura Kasischke, the critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling poet and author of The Raising, returns Mind of Winter, a dark and chilling thriller that combines domestic drama with elements of psychological suspense and horror—an addictive tale of denial and guilt that is part Joyce Carol Oates and part Chris Bohjalian.

On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens with the fragments of a nightmare floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. Thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric adopted baby Tatty, their pretty, black-haired Rapunzel, from the Pokrovka Orphanage #2. Now, at fifteen, Tatiana is more beautiful than ever—and disturbingly erratic.

As a blizzard rages outside, Holly and Tatiana are alone. With each passing hour, Tatiana’s mood darkens, and her behavior becomes increasingly frightening . . . until Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 307 pages
  • Editeur : Harper; Édition : Reprint (25 mars 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DB3D424
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A woman and her adopted daughter are left alone on Christmas Day: from this basic situation, Kasischke draws a well-woven tale of psychological horror, as the reader, seeing the events of the day from the point of view of the mother, gradually understands the horrific background of this family - but the real horror will be revealed only on the last page.
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Si vous n'avez jamais lu Laura Kasichke, vite! achetez ce livre! C'est un auteur qui mérite vraiment d'être découverte puis suivie.
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une angoisse diffuse qui monte tout au long de ce roman très réussi !
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Longueurs et répétitions , seule le dernière page apporte un dénouement et le temps paraît bien long pour arriver à cette dernière page.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tranquilly dark, hauntingly portrayed, and ultimately, completely mind-bending 26 avril 2014
Par Karielle @ Books à la Mode - Publié sur
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Christmas morning, Holly Judge comes to with a startling message from a foggy dream she's just awaken from: something had followed them home from Russia.

Something had followed them home from Russia! These words, in the context of her daughter, Tatiana's adoption from Pokrovka Orphanage #2 in Siberia 13 years ago, should send chills up your spine. As Holly deals with the domestic mishaps of stressful Christmas dinner preparations, readers tap into the reflective, wistful dusty corners of Holly's mind. Her thoughts drift from her troubled childhood, to her hardest battles, to Baby Tatty's excruciating but worthwhile adoption, to Tatiana's adolescence; these flashbacks are what make up the secure, nostalgic portion of the book.

In the present, however, Holly must face something far more frightening than her personal tragedies and memories: her daughter. The frustration of motherhood is really well captured through Holly's third person narrative. She's excessively sensitive—paranoid, easily startled, a bit overbearing—but her egocentric way of thought is forgiven solely because of how relatable she is, how easy to sympathize with.

Tatiana and Holly's relationship is slightly morbid, a bit eerie to begin with. There's something lurkingly alarming about Holly being trapped inside the house in a snowstorm with a daughter that isn't acting like herself anymore, and although their interactions only occur within a span of eight hours (or so), they take up the entire novel, which should be an indication of just how scrutinizingly—just how comprehensively—Holly's life story unravels.

No matter how much you reflect, the past will always catch up with you, Holly realizes when her reminiscences culminate with a jarring, unexpected revelation that tilts her perspective, sense, and reality a several degrees. The ending of the book—which I won't give away—will make your mind reel and have you rethinking the virtues of destiny, sanity, and delusion of perfection.

Laura Kasischke is a clear poet, with smooth and imaginative style that sets a perfectly chilling and increasingly distressing mood. I noticed a lot of readers on Goodreads complaining about the repetition of certain lines and the exaggerated alarm with which Holly perceives the world, but—hello?—that's the entire POINT of her writing style! Kasischke's merit isn't quite literary, but it's sensuous, it's poetic, and it needs to be read like a movie script would: dramatically, frenetically.

I know the cover is really creepy, and while I can definitely vouch for a disturbing quality to this novel, I also have to say it isn't all blood and guts and gore; I wouldn't call this a horror novel, exactly. It's more about horror of the mind; Mind of Winter is a shadowy psychological thriller that won't only have your heart leaping up in your chest, but will also make you consider the limitations of a solitary perspective, and what it means to truly understand a story.

Pros: Completely absorbing... it was hard for me to stop reading! // Mind-blowing turn of events // Structurally and stylistically bizarre, but that much more impressive // Nothing violent or explicit, but as a trigger warning, there is definitely some emotionally disturbing content // Poetic, repetitive flow to Kasischke's voice // Vivid, detailed style // Introspective // Presents accurate remarks about the joys and dangers of what's inside of us // One of those books that will make you double-take and think hard

Cons: No chapters or clear structure to the book, which I understand is intentional, but it made it hard to find stopping points while reading (not that I wanted to stop reading) // Creeped out the living s*** out of me (which is actually pretty cool, now that I think about it)

Verdict: Tranquilly dark, hauntingly portrayed, and ultimately, completely mind-bending, Laura Kasischke's latest novel is a hair-raising glimpse at not only a repressive household's mother-daughter relationship, but also into the scariest place possible: the human mind. While not explicit or particularly horrific, Mind of Winter has some disturbing content that keeps me from recommending it to the average Jane. However, if, like me, you can stomach that kind of psychological manipulation from the author, and if you're a fan of unreliable narrators, macabre portraits of repression and denial, and characters that come with no baggage or legacy, then this is your next must-read. Buy yourself a copy now.

Rating: 9 out of 10 hearts (5 stars): Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf.

Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Harper Collins and TLC!).
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 "Had she thought it would all be rainbows and gumdrops?" 15 janvier 2014
Par "switterbug" Betsey Van Horn - Publié sur
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
This reads like a domestic, psychological horror story, and the tone is like an increasingly hysterical ode sung by a panicked woman. Holly Judge senses something dreadful in her midst, and at the start of the novel, she says, several times (in italics), "Something had followed them home from Russia." Holly is a blocked poet wanna-be, insisting that if she could just pick up a pen, she could write down these strange thoughts that are curling around her head.

The beginning of a novel often sets the pace and potential, and I was slightly turned off by this one line repetition. Instead of haunting or poetic, it began to irritate me; it came across as clunky. Holly was very anguished, but it was taxing to start off so soon with hysterics. It opened with her woe that the family overslept on this holiday, which distresses Holly beyond what seemed organic. Alone in the house with her daughter on Christmas day, Holly narrates the entire novel. The guests invited to her house for the holiday are homebound, stuck because of a blizzard occurring in their Michigan city. Eric, her husband, braves the blizzard to pick up his parents at the airport, and becomes delayed returning home because his parents are ill.

Holly and Eric's teenaged daughter, Tatiana, came from a Russian orphanage. When Holly and her husband went to Siberia to adopt her, they saw that the poverty-stricken conditions of the orphanage affected the care that these babies and children received. Holly was always very protective and loving to Tatiana, but it is evident that Holly and Tatiana aren't very close right now. Tatiana appears to be going through a rebellious phase, and is rude and smug to her mother. As Holly waits for her husband to return, she recounts to the reader her medical history (why she can't get pregnant), her experience at the orphanage, and her years as a mother, as well as her aborted ambition as a poet. You sense something is eerie when strange things happen on Holly's iPhone.

As things heat up, the reader is taken into a dark place, one that Holly is swept into as the narrative progresses. The problem I had was that, although the writing is capable, it is also inconsistent. There's too much repetition, perhaps on purpose, but it had the opposite effect of building tension. Holly's voice is overwrought and fatalistic throughout the novel, way before the denouement, so that when it occurs, I was too prepared for it. I kind of figured it out, at least 80% of it, but I wasn't significantly compelled, either, by any surprises.

I think this would have worked better as a short story. I stayed engaged enough to finish it, and at times, I was absorbed in Kasischke's descriptions of Holly's experiences in Russia. But the iterations came off as filler. I didn't enjoy this as much as her novel, THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES. Perhaps I was looking for something more complex, and was underwhelmed when it ended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Hard To Put Down! 7 février 2014
Par Yolanda S. Bean - Publié sur
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
This novel opens on Christmas Day - but it is hardly a heartwarming tale of Yuletide cheer! Holly, an ex-poet, wakes up after sleeping late with an eggnog hangover and an immediate sense that she must write down that something has followed her family home from adopting their now fifteen year old daughter in Russia. The stream-of-consciousness novel flows throughout Christmas preparations and memories as a blizzard isolates Holly and Tatiana inside their Michigan home.

As a poet (both the narrator and the author), the turns of phrase are surprisingly lovely even as the eerie atmosphere builds. But Holly’s sudden unease with her daughter is hard to sympathize with - especially when it quickly becomes clear that her entire life has been marked by tragedies far worse than the scratched CDs and cannibalistic chickens that she constantly revisits. As the day progresses, the tension continues to build between mother and daughter. Odd phone calls go unexplained and as Holly both looks backward and tries to salvage the day to connect with her daughter, the wrongess only becomes stronger...

The book is quite hard to put down and the ending twist comes as quite a shock. It is a bit of a manipulative conclusion but it certainly brings clarity to some of the book’s more confusing elements. It is a dark story and one that adoptive parents may want to avoid!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 No Exit, No Escape: A Psychological Portrait Of Mother Love And Tormented Guilt 6 avril 2014
Par K. Harris - Publié sur
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
The new novel by Laura Kasischke, "Mind of Winter," unravels like an existential drama of no escape. It is told in a stream-of-consciousness style in which past, present, and even reality battle for space in the mind of its protagonist. In truth, I didn't much care for the book as I dug into early chapters. The cadence and purpose of the writing take a bit to get used to. What begins as a series of rants and rambles soon starts to paint a harrowing psychological dissection of mother love and tormented guilt. If at first you don't connect with the prose, I urge you to stick with it. Once you settle into the book's rhythm, the narrative flow makes a lot of sense as it pieces together a rather complex story with a nice emotional payoff. Definitely difficult to categorize, "Mind of Winter" feels like a wholly unique experience and that's what makes it ultimately so memorable.

In essence, "Mind of Winter" is a two person domestic drama. On an isolated Christmas day, a mother and her adopted daughter engage in a battle of wills that plays out on an endless loop. With its rather creepy undertones, the story felt a bit like Sartre's "No Exit" to me. It's like these two ladies were trapped in an emotional purgatory destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. The book is almost claustrophobic, not only are you trapped in the house with the central characters but you are quite literally in the mind of the mother. And as she makes sense of the increasingly alarming ordeal, you are right with her. I would be hesitant to classify "Mind of Winter" as a thriller or a horror story (although you might make a case for either), but the unsettling vibe presented throughout certainly have undertones in both genres. Instead, let's just say that this is an in-depth portrait of psychological anguish.

Why so much angst? As Holly Judge's day begins, she awakens with a disturbing thought. When she and her husband adopted a Russian orphan many years prior, she feels like a certain element of evil followed them home. Now with that girl a teenager, the bonds of their loving relationship have started to fray with typical moments of alienation and rebellion. When a perfect Christmas day is derailed by a potent winter storm, Holly is left alone with the girl and her eerie thoughts about an unspecified supernatural entity. Is Holly unraveling? Or is there something to the portent? It would be a disservice to say much more, so I won't. The strength of "Mind of Winter" is not only the tale it has to share, but that it makes the reader so intrinsic to the telling. For good or bad (and she's not always a pleasant woman), you will be intricately intertwined with Holly's consciousness. She is a complex and difficult character, and Kasischke makes her one of my favorite literary creations of the season. About 4 1/2 stars, "Mind of Winter" isn't always an easy read but it's worth it for adult audiences. KGHarris, 4/14.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Unpleasant Psychological Suspense 27 janvier 2014
Par Susan K. Schoonover - Publié sur
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
The short novel MIND OF WINTER starts off like many other psychological suspense novels with literary ambitions I have read. The setting is Christmas Day during a blizzard somewhere in lower Michigan. The book is told in third person but we see the story only from the perspective of Holly a middle aged mom of a teenage girl named Tatiana she and her husband adopted from Russia when she was a toddler. Holly's perspective turns out to be unreliable which becomes clearer as the story progresses. The reader is unsure until the end of the book if this is a supernatural story or one of crime/invasion or simple insanity until the tragic,horrifying truth is revealed on the last page.

There are so many sad, awful elements to the book that I did not enjoy reading it and I don't think I am particularly oversensitive. The reader learns about the brutalities of a Siberian orphanage, some pet stories gone very wrong, Holly's family where the women die before reaching middle age until Holly stops this awful curse by undergoing radical surgery and then there's the conclusion. There were also some unbelievable elements that strain credulity as well including the fact that Holly's daughter had never received dental or medical care since coming to the United States. Laura Kasischke is a skilled enough writer and some of her word choice is even poetic (Holly herself is a lapsed poet) though overall the book has an uneven feeling. Perhaps that is intentional since the reader sees the story through a distorted lens. I think the author had some themes in mind about genetics and parenting as well as the dangers of repressing fears and feelings but she never clearly connects the dots. The bottom line is I simply did not like the book though obviously opinions will differ.
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