The Winter Loon


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$15.95  $14.83
Cougar Creek Books
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5.51 X 0.78 X 8.5 inches | 0.98 pounds
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About the Author

Lori Henriksen is an indie author who worked as a social worker and family therapist in San Francisco, California before turning to writing. She now lives in Oregon, surrounded by forest where trails weave through the trees, following and crossing a creek with crashing waterfalls. When she isn't writing she can be found hiking the forest with her rescue dogs. More information and her blog can be found at


Henriksen's luminous debut, inspired by the life of her mother, follows a young woman as she comes of age during the Great Depression and WWII. A gifted horsewoman, 18-year-old Ruth Thompson leaves Lake Minnetonka, Minn., and her beau, Duke, in 1931 to earn college tuition money working as a "gypsy cowgirl" in the rodeo. For Ruth, rodeo life is filled with freedom and adventure--and it's also where she meets Rollie, a woman who begins Ruth's sexual awakening. Eight months later, she returns home and leaves for college, where she goes through the motions, living in a sorority house with rigid rules and attending social events with Duke, but soon realizes she doesn't fit in. When she meets another student, Gisela--French-educated, exotic, and beautiful--Ruth is smitten and they fall in love. Facing the inevitable breakup with Duke, a suspicious housemother, and fear of stigma and rejection by her family, Ruth falls into a severe depression. But the narrative ultimately takes a powerful, life-affirming turn. Henriksen's gorgeous settings and multilayered plot enrich the story. This is an inspiring, feel-good tale.

--Publisher's Weekly