Wintering by Katherine May captivated me from the very beginning and it has that unputdownable quality that I always hope for in a book. It is the first book I’ve read by Katherine May and it won’t be the last.
I was entranced by the lyrical quality of the writing and wanted to read Wintering slowly to savour every word.
I was first drawn to Wintering because I’m fascinated by the seasons or cycles we encounter in our lives, and the periods of time we spend in limbo following sudden change. Katherine’s writing is so beautiful and takes the reader on the journey with her, describing scenes and situations so vividly that it’s easy to conjure up pictures in your head. I travelled with her. There were moments when I laughed out loud and others when I held my breath. wondering how the story would unfold.
The word I want to use to describe Wintering is lush. As a reader, it’s the sort of book I long for. Full of cultural references, and descriptions of places and traditions that send me down a rabbit hole wanting to find out more. It’s a book that stays with you and makes you look at the world around you in a different way.
But, most of all, I loved Katherine’s writing. She has a distinctive style and voice that I found so appealing. It’s like being covered in a warm blanket. Wintering has taken me back to my childhood when I discovered a favourite book that I would read time and again. This is one of those books.