Winterkill Book Summary and Study Guide

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Ben Dalton, an ex-communist from the 1940s, tries to escape his past and begin life anew by moving his family to an idyllic small town in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. For ten years, he succeeds in denying his past--both to himself and to the townspeople--but eventually it catches up with him. As his secret leaks out, Ben and his family become the targets of an escalating series of attacks including blackmail, attempted rape, and arson. Between assaults, Ben tries to put himself and his life back together, but he's defeated at every turn. And while no one's paying attention, his daughter crosses the threshold into adolescence. All attempts to rein her in are too little and too late, and her dawning adolescent rebellion explodes into full-blown insurrection. In the end, two people are dead, three teenagers are missing, and the fine stitching that holds the family and the town together begins to unravel.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   American Northeast Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Boston Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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