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Blizzard's Wake Raw, tender and thoughtful, a story of forgiveness. I wish that I had shared this book with Dad, to see if the cultural and historical details ring true A terrible blizzard struck North Dakota in 1941, one of those freak storms that were all too common Alternating chapters follow the Sterling family Doc, Kate and Zeke Dexter, the drunk driver responsible for the death of Mrs Sterling and who has just been released from prison Kate is still struggling with her grief, guilt, and resentment over the loss of her mother, and like most of I wish that I had shared this book with Dad, to see if the cultural and historical details ring true A terrible blizzard struck North Dakota in 1941, one of those freak storms that were all too common Alternating chapters follow the Sterling family Doc, Kate Jesse and Zeke Dexter, the drunk driver responsible for the death of Mrs Sterling and who has just been released from prison Kate is still struggling with her grief, guilt, and resentment over the loss of her mother, and like most of Naylor s characters, she is fully realized Kate Sterling has lost four years of her life to grief and anger Zeke Dexter has lost four years of his life as well in jail for the accident that killed Kate s mother Just out of prison, Zeke wants to put the past behind him, but a freak blizzard makes him a prisoner once again he of Kate, and Kate of him Kate fears she will never be able to overcome the anger that has consumed her since her mother s death But is Zeke the only one Kate needs to forgive I hate this cover, which makes it look like there s an element of magic or mysticism I guess it s a snow globe, but it looks like a crystal ball and or a deity looking down into their universe when it is in fact a straightforward historical novel about a real and shockingly deadly blizzard that took place on March 15th, 1941, in the Red River Valley Look for a surprising amount of discussion about the conflict in Europe and what role America might play in it in the near future, as well as I hate this cover, which makes it look like there s an element of magic or mysticism I guess it s a snow globe, but it looks like a crystal ball and or a deity looking down into their universe when it is in fact a straightforward historical novel about a real and shockingly deadly blizzard that took place on March 15th, 1941, in the Red River Valley Look for a surprising amount of discussion about the conflict in Europe and what role America might play in it in the near future, as well as contrasts between the way children, teens, and adults are affected by it It made me realize how concentrated WWII fiction set in the U.S is on wartime little ink is given over to what it was like during the prelude.There is also a great amount of detail about what it was like to be inside the storm, the immense danger of being outside in it you could get lost and freeze to death within 100 feet from familiar shelter, and even considerably less, without a fixed anchor line to follow , how to keep oneself warm inside a car with no heater, and how to treat frostbite and hypothermia as administered by an actual doctor I drifted off into a daydream for about half an hour afterwards, running the scenario over in my mind with different characters, it was that good.The momentum stalls out once we get to time period described by the title Kate s conflict between grief and murderous, vengeful rage struggle with forgiveness is what s supposed to keep the story timeless, but she honestly just bores me but I did at least enjoy getting somedetails of life in a 1940s farmhouse, not yet wired for electricity and only partially powered by a generator, phone connected to a party line I am glad there are multiple perspectives It might have detracted from my ability to sympathize with Kate by starting the story from Zeke s perspective, but watching his journey home from prison on the hope that his brother will take him in when he gets there, trying to find work in a town where just about everybody knows and hates his name, was compelling and did great work in establishing the era Meanwhile, though Kate and Jesse didn t make much of an impression on me, their early chapters helped establish what everyday life was like for kids and families in rural America at the time I liked this book because it was about a family who was stuck in a snowed in house with the guy who killed their mother wife I would recommend this book if you like reading to find out what happens because this book will leave you on edge This book is kind of a mix of realistic fiction and historical because it was taken place during the war and these things could actually happen but we have no idea if it actually did. 05 November 2003 BLIZZARD S WAKE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Simon Schuster Atheneum, October 2002, ISBN 0 689 85220 7 Inside the forlorn station a man in a wrinkled shirt studied Zeke from behind the counter Zeke knew that even if Dwayne s phone were working, he wouldn t try calling him at eleven forty five at night What time do you close he asked the ticket agent Long as the buses keep comin , I m open, the man in the wrinkled shirt said Any objection to me waiting out the nigh 05 November 2003 BLIZZARD S WAKE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Simon Schuster Atheneum, October 2002, ISBN 0 689 85220 7 Inside the forlorn station a man in a wrinkled shirt studied Zeke from behind the counter Zeke knew that even if Dwayne s phone were working, he wouldn t try calling him at eleven forty five at night What time do you close he asked the ticket agent Long as the buses keep comin , I m open, the man in the wrinkled shirt said Any objection to me waiting out the night in a chair over there What bus you waitin on No bus Had a change of plans, and my ride won t be here till morning Well, you re welcome to a chair, but it can t be all that comfortable, seeing as how you just got off a bus There s a hotel two blocks away rooms half price after midnight Real cheap and you won t get lice or nothing Zeke thought it over as the man gave directions Out the door there, turn left, two blocks down, it ll be on the right A shower and a bed would feel good, Zeke decided Why not Once in the room, however, he could not sleep He showered, put on his shorts and undershirt again, and crawled under the covers, but his body seemed restless, wired At two thirty he got up, wrapped a blanket around him, and pulled his chair over to the window, looking out onto the street below the neon sigh outside the hotel, the pool hall across the way, the occasional car, the stoplight at the corner, the little restaurant farther on, closed and locked for the night He used to think of it as his town, but he didn t think like that any As eager as Kate had been to look out the school bus window before, she did not want to look now Yet out of the corner of her eye, in the periphery, where trouble begins, she could make out the single cottonwood tree, then the Norton s barn As I tell my own children and our students, I was in the lucky fifty percent There was a fifty fifty chance I was destined to kill myself or someone else, back when I was a high school student, and then a college student, who often drank and drove All those times, and I never killed anybody In fact, I never even got pulled over or dented a fender But there were certainly some nights when I was so blind drunk that I wouldn t have been able to remember the next morning even if I HAD been pulled over As they say, There but for the grace of God go I Zeke, now 29, was not in the lucky fifty percent with me It is March 1941, nine months before Pearl Harbor, and Zeke has just been released from prison early for good behavior, after spending three years incarcerated for a crime he cannot remember committing He was that drunk when it happened Kate is the still bitter teenage daughter of the town s country doctor, whose mother was killed on the way home from choir practice when Zeke s car ran the stop sign near the Norton s barn It took two hours to extricate her mother s body from the wreck In Kate s mind, she would dearly love to give Zeke a couple of hours of his own medicine And, as we can guess, Kate will somehow be given that opportunity Hadn t anybody else ever made a mistake Hadn t anyone else in the jury ever run a red light Hadn t the judge ever rolled past a stop sign The difference, of course, was that his mistake has cost a life, and he was sure sorry about that But the fact was that any of their mistakes could have cost a life too They just hadn t, that s all He wasn t one whit a better man for having been in prison than he was before Just a little angrier, that s all The catalyst for bringing Kate and Zeke into close range is a violent winter storm that really did take place and took a tragic toll in March 1941 in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota To Kate, it seemed that the wind was on fiercely intimate terms with her, licking at her eyelids with an insistent tongue, probing under the edge of the red flannel scarf as though trying to uncover her neck, forcing itself up the sleeves of her heavy jacket, despite the sweater she wore beneath Kate kept going It takes a killer blizzard for us to see the other side of Kate Sterling This is actually a bright, observant, and courageous girl who for a reason we later discover has been unable to escape from the darkness that the unexpected loss of her mother has cast over her Outside, in the blizzard s wake, life itself seemed frozen No birds flew, no snow fell, no cars moved, no children played Even the wind had lost its breath The white earth lay stunned beneath a heavy white sky And in that blizzard s wake, Kate has to come to terms with the fact that nothing she does or doesn t do will bring back her mother Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written a book that magnificently poses questions about punishment and revenge and forgiveness There are entertaining details about country living sixty years ago And there is just enough tension to make 10 14 year olds hold their breath, wondering what Kate is going to do next So, what do you want to do, Kate Kill him Jesse asked simply Kate didn t answer Richie Partington, MLISRichie s Picks This book was good, It was really dramatic too I really liked the characters and the story in general I rarely read realist fiction books and that s why i graded it a 3 because i don t really have much to compare it to My favorite character was Zeke because i feel he was a strong character and it was good. I sort of enjoyed this book Blizzards Wake is a historical fiction book, I dont really read historical fiction so it was very new to me I didn t hate it though and I would definitely recommend this book because it is informative and has a great story line I really liked the part when Kate finally forgave Zeke because it just brought a lot of closure to the book. Sooo I cannot rate this book because I did not finish it But not because I chose to not finish it but because I was forced to.If you follow my Instagram, you may have seen on my storyline that the page jumped from 59 to 121, then with about maybe 50 or so pages in between that, it starts back over at pg 121.This is by far the biggest error I ve ever found in a book.Luckily, I was reading this to see if I wanted to keep it around or not, and well, the 56 pages I was able to read weren t t Sooo I cannot rate this book because I did not finish it But not because I chose to not finish it but because I was forced to.If you follow my Instagram, you may have seen on my storyline that the page jumped from 59 to 121, then with about maybe 50 or so pages in between that, it starts back over at pg 121.This is by far the biggest error I ve ever found in a book.Luckily, I was reading this to see if I wanted to keep it around or not, and well, the 56 pages I was able to read weren t that interesting Read this before first snow.Amazed at what folks had to survive w o cell phones, internet and GPS.


About the Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father s occupation as a salesman.Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good books Her parents enjoyed reading stories to the children her father would imitate the characters in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer and her mother read to them every evening, almost until we were old enough to go out on dates, though we never would have admitted this to anyone By the time Phyllis reached fifth grade, writing books was her favorite hobby and she would rushed home from school each day to write down whatever plot had been forming in her head at sixteen her first story was published in a local church magazine.Phyllis has written over 80 books for children and young people One of these books, Shiloh, was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1992, was named a Notable Children s Book by the American Library Association and was also Young Adult Choice by the International Reading Association.Naylor gets her ideas from things that happen to her or from things she has read Shiloh was inspired by a little abused dog she and her husband found The little dog haunted her so much that she had to write a story about him to get it out of her mind.


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