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Winter Solstice: An Essay

Winter Solstice: An Essay

Current price: $14.95
Publication Date: November 21st, 2023
Black Sparrow Press
The Book Catapult
4 on hand, as of Apr 22 11:22am
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Staff Reviews

Nina Maclaughlin’s Summer Solstice is one of my favorite surprises to come out of the dark early days of the pandemic. A tiny, perfect little package filled with sublime & poignant writing about summertime. And now she has a winter version that is equally sublime! Slow yourself down, take your time with these little essays. Hibernate with them. The short, dark days of winter beg for a slowdown, especially in the midst of the madness of the holiday season around the solstice. I think you’ll find that this little meditation on the winter is just what you need to get you through and back into the sunshine. 

— Seth

This book surpassed my expectations. The imagery evoked left me yearning for that magical season when the earth invites us to go inward.Winter Solsticeis a beautiful meditation on slowing down and appreciating life’s simple pleasures.

Pat Rudebusch, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA
November 2023 Indie Next List



A celebration and meditation on the season for drinking hot chocolate, spotting a wreath on a neighbor's door, experiencing the change in light of shorter days. All aspects of Winter, from the meteorological to the mythological, are captured in this masterful essay, told in wise and luminous prose that pushes back the dark.

Winter begins with the shortest day of the year before nightfall. As in her companion volume, Summer Solstice, the author meditates on both the dark and the light and what this season means in our lives.

"Winter tells us," Nina MacLaughlin says, "more than petaled spring, or hot-grassed summer, or fall with its yellow leaves, that we are mortal. In the frankness of its cold, in the mystery of its deep-blue dark, the place in us that knows of death is tickled, focused, stoked. The angels sing on the doorknobs and others sing from the abyss. The sun has been in retreat since June, and the heat inside glows brighter in proportion to its absence. We make up for the lost light in the spark that burns inside us."

If Winter is a time you love for its memories and traditions, if you love writing that takes your breath away with lyrical leaps across time and space, Winter Solstice is an unforgettable book you'll cherish.