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"Astonishingly powerful and multilayered!"
- Diana Gabaldon
JONATHAN EDWARD DURHAM was born near Philadelphia in one of many satellite rust-belt communities where he read voraciously throughout his youth and beyond. After attending William and Mary, where he received a degree in neuroscience while also studying literature, Jonathan waded into the professional world before deciding he was better suited for more artistic pursuits.
He now lives in California with his husband where he writes to bridge the timeless wonder of his favorite childhood stories, and the pop sensibilities of his adolescent literary indulgences. His debut novel, Winterset Hollow, a dark yet elevated contemporary fantasy, is mined from that same vein and is currently available everywhere.
Everyone has wanted their favorite book to be real, if only for a moment. To meet their favorite characters, if only for a day. But be careful in that wish, for a history laid in ink can be repaid in flesh and blood, and reality is far deadlier than fiction. Especially on Addington Isle.
Winterset Hollow follows a group of friends to the place that inspired their favorite book—a timeless tale about a tribe of animals preparing for their yearly end-of-summer festival. But after a series of shocking discoveries, they find that much of what the world believes to be fiction is actually fact, and that the truth behind their beloved story is darker and more dangerous than they ever imagined. It’s Barley Day. . . and you’re invited to the hunt.
Winterset Hollow is as thrilling as it is terrifying and as smart as it is surprising. A uniquely original story filled with properly unexpected twists and turns, Winterset Hollow delivers indelible characters and pulse-pounding action as it storms toward an unforgettable climax that will leave you reeling. How do you celebrate Barley Day? You run, friend. You run.
"Winterset Hollow reminds me of the feeling I'd get as a kid when I'd see movies like The Neverending Story or The Secret of Nimh. It's hearing your favorite
song, the one that resonates with your very soul and brings tears of joy to your eyes as you let the notes cradle your heart from within your chest. This is the
best book I've read this year for sure, and possibly the best book I've read in the last few years as well."
- Blogger Review, AIC Stories
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