THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD - Rena Rossner
Science Fiction author Rena Rossner presents her new novel, The Sisters of the Winter Wood!
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW OF THE BOOK: Rossner’s intricately crafted, gorgeously rendered debut alternates perspectives between teenage sisters Liba and Laya Leib, who narrate in prose and verse, respectively. They are left to fend for themselves in the mysterious woods that border the town of Dubossary while their parents are away on urgent business. Before their parents leave, the sisters learn the family secret: their father can transform into a bear, a gift Liba will inherit, and their mother into a swan, as Laya will. The pair disagree on how to enjoy their newfound independence: where Laya longs for freedom, Liba craves stability, worrying constantly for her younger sister’s safety. People are going missing from the town, there are rumors of a bear in the woods, and anti-Semitic sentiment is on the rise. All of these strange occurrences coincide with the arrival of the Hovlins, a seductive band of fruit-peddling brothers whose otherworldly appeal Laya cannot resist. To save her sister and her people, Liba must learn to accept her bear-like nature. Drawing on true events, folklore, and Christina Rosetti’s classic The Goblin Market, Rossner’s fairy tale is creepy and moving by turn, full of heart, history, and enchantment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I'm a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Program, where I majored in poetry and non-fiction writing. I also studied at Trinity College, Dublin and I hold an MA in History from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I currently live in Israel where I work as a literary and foreign rights agent at the Deborah Harris Literary Agency in Jerusalem. My poetry and short stories have been published, or are forthcoming from various print and on-line magazines. I've also written for The Jerusalem Report and The Jerusalem Post, worked in PR, grant-writing, website development, web-content editing and in too many bookstores to count. You can usually find me cooking or reading, but I also do ceramics (in my non-existent spare time) and have been know to do Yoga and take walks with my pug, Pablo. Did I mention I have five kids? Yeah. That too.