Season of Water and Ice
a novel by Donald Lystra
published by Switchgrass Books
- Named a Michigan Notable Book for 2010
by the Library of Michigan
SEASON OF WATER AND ICE is the unforgettable story of two young people confronting life during a tumultuous few months of 1957. In quiet but searing prose, it explores the timeless issues of love and family, the destructive forces to which these ideals are exposed, and the healing powers which can restore them.
- Winner of the 2010 Midwest Book Award for fiction
Reflecting the political and social climate of the 1950s, Season of Water and Ice is underscored by themes of independence and obligation, love and sexuality, courage and surrender.
"Rich and wise and beautifully written....this novel again and again reminded me of why I fell in love with writing....the sudden but hard-won insights seem intensely real and right."
—MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, ELLEN AKINS
"Lystra's graceful prose is evocative of place and time....This is a rich and satisfying read."
—THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
"The north woods of Michigan in 1957 proves rich emotional ground for Lystra's quietly impressive debut novel."
"This is a love story of a most unusual kind....There is a kind of innocence...that has not been so effectively portrayed since Salinger invented Holden Caulfield. Lystra's style is spare and direct and yet profoundly evocative....An absolutely stunning debut."