On a struggling Montana ranch in 1970, fourteen-year-old Winona dreams of escape from the cruelty of her stepfather and the narrowness of her surroundings. Increasingly aware of the entrenched bigotry of most (but not all) of her family and community, she finds herself attracted to Bell, a Native American. When an unexpected discovery turns Win's family upside down, not only they but the whole town must confront the consequences of their beliefs, and Win begins to grow up ---- fast. [Read an excerpt]
"This is a brave novel written in beautiful prose and with keen details and vivid descriptions that places the marginalized center-stage. Cruelty and bigotry are clear and present dangers throughout and we worry for these complex characters and for humanity. The cast of compelling characters poignantly portray how messy love, identity and life can be, and for the fortunate, how glorious too. The plot is fast-paced and the themes of escape and the search for belonging are skillfully woven into every scene. There's much to admire and delight in here." --Judge, Writer's Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
"Indian Winter is about powerful emotional connections, some wanted, some unwanted--and how they change. It also sets the lives of the characters naturally and movingly in one of the great issues of American life. It is a wonderful, turbulent lovely novel." --John Casey, author of "Spartina," winner of the 1989 National Book Award for fiction.
"I loved your book. It's beautifully written, it has an engaging and compelling protagonist, it flows nicely, and it moved me. This isn't the sort of book that I would ordinarily read -- and it's not the type of book that I would write. It's exceptional. It's the best coming-of-age piece that I've read since 'The Help'. Nice work. You're a superb writer and terrific storyteller." -- Sheldon Siegel, New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Novels "Judgment Day" and "Perfect Alibi".
"A wonderful novel...first rate in every way. It's the real thing -- literary, and the prose is breathtaking. The relationships are intricate and insightful -- and compelling. There are many instances in this book that struck me and that I'm reflecting on." -- Barbara Rose Brooker, author, "The Viagra Diaries," soon to be an HBO series.
"'Indian Winter' evokes a time and place far enough in history yet so close we touch it. Filled with sensory detail, it deals with integration and tension on the Native American reservation and reverberations from the war in Vietnam, but it's the family secrets and desires in a building saga that kept me turning the pages." -- Cara Black, author of the Aimee Leduc mystery series, including "Murder at the Laterne Rouge"
"In Goldsmith's debut, a historical coming-of-age story, the rapidly evolving identity of earnest and precocious 14-year-old Winona Daggett compellingly plays against the backdrop of racial tension between white and Native American societies in 1970s Montana...A touching, freshly told story enriched by a vibrant cultural backdrop. -- Kirkus Reviews