The Winter Wives: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Macintyre, Linden
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
Publisher: Random House of Canada
Published: July 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in
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A thrilling psychological drama from Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Linden MacIntrye, weaving threads of crime, disability and dementia together into a tale of unrequited love and delusion.

Two old university friends get together for a weekend of golfing: worldly and rich Allan, once a football hero, and his quieter lawyer friend, nicknamed Byron, lame from a childhood injury, who never left home and has spent years caring for a mother with Alzheimer's.

During a long night of drinking, the fault lines between them start to show. One of the biggest: the two men married sisters, though Allan was the one who walked down the aisle with Peggy, the sister both of them loved, and Byron settled for Annie.

Out on the course the next morning, Allan suffers a stroke. In one traumatic moment, he loses control of his life, his wife and his business empire, which turns out to have been built on lies and the illegal drug trade. And Byron has to suddenly confront his own weaknesses and strengths, his tangled relationship with Allan and the Winter sisters--both the one he married and the one he thought was the love of his life. No one will anticipate the lengths to which Byron will go to make sense of his life.

"Like all the other characters in this novel, the reader is also drawn into the wake of the enigmatic, Gatsby-like Allan Chase. Poignant, funny, at times shocking, The Winter Wives is a story about the hazards of memory, with a cracking great mystery at its heart." -Gil Adamson, author of The Ridgerunner and The Outlander
"The Winter Wives tells a deceptively quiet story about friendship and secrets, which gradually reveals itself to be a gorgeous meditation on whether we can ever truly know the people we've loved the longest and the most." -Lynn Coady, author of Watching You Without Me and Hellgoing
"Taut and absorbing, The Winter Wives is a layered story of love, deceit, friendship and identity. It is also a new kind of thriller, where dementia raises its head, and memory itself becomes a sly antagonist. Byron must navigate not only life-long romance and betrayal-but the hard knot that is his own complex mind. An elegant and fascinating book." -Shaena Lambert, author of Petra and Radiance

"Longtime journalist MacIntyre . . . writes with an easy command of both the external world . . . and the internal world of complex and frequently conflicted characters. . . . The Winter Wives [is] a powerful, thought-provoking read." -Toronto Star
Biographical NoteLINDEN MacINTYRE is the bestselling author of many award-winning books, including The Long Stretch, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, The Bishop's Man, Why Men Lie, Punishment, The Only Cafe, and The Wake. A distinguished broadcast journalist, MacIntyre, who was born in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, and grew up in Port Hastings, Cape Breton, spent twenty-four years as the co-host of the fifth estate. He has won ten Gemini awards for his work. MacIntyre lives in Toronto with his wife, broadcast journalist and author Carol Off. They spend their summers in a Cape Breton village by the sea.