In the Deep Midwinter by Robert Clark

deep-midwinterIn the Deep Midwinter: A Novel by Robert Clark (1997), 278 pages

Set primarily in 1949 and 1950, in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

I picked up Clark’s book on the recommendation of Gregory Wolfe and (particularly) Sara Zarr.

I finished In the Deep Midwinter in mid-January, and I’m still not entirely sure what I think of it. It’s reminding me of Cloudstreet in that respect. It also took me a long time to read — I started it right after Christmas.

The writing is graceful. I can’t quibble with that. Simple, straightforward, and yet still almost majestic at times. But it’s melancholic, too.

This is a novel about relationships, family, faith, choices, right and wrong (and perceptions of the same). It asks tough (but good) questions.

My struggle was with the content; I was blindsided by a couple dark themes in the book.

Because of that, I won’t be delving into more Robert Clark soon (at least without a bit more research into the specific title).

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3 responses to “In the Deep Midwinter by Robert Clark

  1. Thanks for the review. The title sounded interesting but I need to stay away from dark themes.

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