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ISBN:
0875806287
Author:
Donald Lystra
Category:
Genre Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Switchgrass Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
Pages:
251 pages
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Let's not mistake Season of Water and Ice for a typical coming-of-age novel. I had never heard of Donald Lystra before, until I saw his name and book listed among the Michigan Notable Books for 2010.

Let's not mistake Season of Water and Ice for a typical coming-of-age novel. Its voice is too rich, its pacing too measured and elegant, its ending too richly sad. Donaly Lystra has written a fierce and tender debut novel about the unreliability of love. -John Dalton, author of Heaven Lake. The prose style is plain, clear, and even Hemingwayesque. This book will simply blow you away! It certainlly did that to my wife and me.

Set in 1957 in rural northern Michigan, Season of Water and Ice is the story of a pivotal few months in the life of young teen Danny DeWitt, who lives alone with his father following the sudden departure of his mother. Bookish and relatively friendless, Danny becomes acquainted with Amber, a pregnant teenager abandoned by her boyfriend and rejected by her family. Both outsiders-one because of disposition, the other because of social stigma-Danny and Amber form an unusual, openhearted alliance that helps each deal with their separate challenges.

In his debut novel, Season of Water and Ice, Donald Lystra delves deep into the minds and motivations of his characters, carving out an interesting and meaningful story

In his debut novel, Season of Water and Ice, Donald Lystra delves deep into the minds and motivations of his characters, carving out an interesting and meaningful story. Danny DeWitt is a fourteen-year-old boy recently relocated to northern rural Michigan with his father, while his mother has chosen to pursue her own dreams in Chicago.

Reflecting the political and social climate of the 1950s, Season of Water and Ice is underscored by themes of independence and obligation, love and sexuality, courage and surrender. This realistic work will appeal to both adult and young adult readers.

Donald Lystra's first novel, Season of Water and Ice, was the winner of the 2009 Midwest Book Award for fiction, making a nice publicity splash for our fiction imprint, Switchgrass, which proudly published it. The book garnered lots of publicity too, earing praise for Switchgrass in the pages of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, Time Out Chicago magazine, and other venues. This volume gathers a bracing selection of short stories by Lystra that are very much cut from the same cloth as his highly acclaimed novel.

author Donald Lystra. His first book, a coming-of-age story set in northern Michigan in 1957 entitled Season of Water and Ice, captured both the Midwest Book Award and the Michigan Notable Book Award in 2010. Raised in cities and small towns around Michigan, Donald Lystra worked on electrical power plants before beginning to write fiction in his mid-50s. His second book, released in September, 2013, is a story collection entitled Something that Feels like Truth.

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Winner of the Midwest Book Award for fiction Named a Michigan Notable Book for 2010 by the Library of MichiganSEASON OF WATER AND ICE is the unforgettable story of two young people confronting life during a tumultuous few months of 1957. In quiet but searing prose, it explores the timeless issues of love and family, the destructive forces to which these ideals are exposed, and the healing powers which can restore them.Danny DeWitt, fourteen, lives with his father in a rural area of northern Michigan following the family's abrupt move from the city and the unexplained departure of his mother. Bookish and friendless---and wanting to "stand by the side of things for a while"---Danny becomes acquainted with Amber Dwyer, a pregnant teenager abandoned by her boyfriend and rejected by her family and community. Both outsiders---one by choice, the other from social stigma---Danny and Amber form an unusual, openhearted alliance which helps each to deal with their separate challenge. Amber must build a life for herself in the face of intolerance, and Danny must come to terms with his mother's rejection and his father's growing isolation. The friendship is tested when Amber's abusive boyfriend returns and Danny's mother draws further away, leading to a crisis which threatens Amber and her unborn child, as well as Danny's conception of love and manhood.Reflecting the political and social climate of the 1950s, SEASON OF WATER AND ICE is underscored by themes of independence and obligation, love and sexuality, courage and surrender. It's a story that you will not forget.
  • Raniconne
Danny Dewitt is fourteen when abruptly his father loses a long-held job, decides to move his family to a remote area to live out his dreams of the rugged life in a remote cabin. He decides to cast his future into sales, a career he has never done before and one it turns out he is not good at.

Not long after the move Danny's mother leaves them, planning to find her own way in the excitement of city life. Alone, and pretty much ignored, Danny stumbles upon the one person he might be able to call friend: a girl as lost as he and who is pregnant.

"Season of Water and Ice" is a coming-of-age story told on a par with the best. Danny, lost and left to find his own way, stands among the likes of Salinger's Holden Caulfield, or Russell Banks' lost and wonderful Kid in "Lost Memory of Skin". "Season of Water and Ice" takes its time. It delivers a powerful read which requires readers to face, and doubt and strengthen their own values long after the story closes.
  • Clever
I read this book during the first frost of the season beside a roaring fire and loved it. The book, which is both a coming of age story and more, traces one winter in the life of a sensitive 14-year-old boy and his first encounter with love and loss. Due to Lystra's skill with language and artistry, the book never sinks into melodrama or cliche, but it is profoundly moving. The ending will stay with me for a long time.
  • Tcaruieb
The price was outstanding and the book was definitely like new. It was shipped in a protective package and arrived very quickly. Definitely would recommend to others.
  • Sagda
I had never heard of Donald Lystra before, until I saw his name and book listed among the Michigan Notable Books for 2010. This book will simply blow you away! It certainlly did that to my wife and me. Set in a fictional small town in the woods of northern Michigan, SEASON OF WATER AND ICE is destined to become a classic coming of age story, with its affecting principal characters of Danny (14) and Amber (18), two "outsiders". It is 1957 - Sputnik and the Cold War. Danny's parents are separated, since his father quit his job (and burned his bridges) at a Grand Rapids GM plant and moved north to try his hand at sales (power tools). His mother has gone back to her hometown of Chicago while his father pursues what she sees as his irresponsible "experiment." As a boy who finds comfort in mathematics and science, and finds God in truth and logic, Danny is a loner, until he meets Amber, an older girl who has aspirations to be an artist, but is unwed and pregnant, a local outcast, living in a loveless situation. In their loneliness and unhappiness, the two gravitate towards each other, and things begin to happen - unexpected, shocking and sometimes tragic things.

This is a love story of a most unusual kind, with Danny soon learning, as he struggles with his own emerging sexuality, that love comes in many forms. There is a kind of innocence in Danny that has not been so effectively portrayed since Salinger invented Holden Caulfield. Lystra's style is spare and direct and yet profoundly evocative in a way seldom realized by today's writers. Early Hemingway - as in the Nick Adams stories - comes easily to mind. There is a firm sense of place and time felt, although Lystra touches on these factors only in the lightest ways, without any real invasive specifics. For example, songs heard on the radio -

"'Listen to this,' Amber said. She started to move her head to the song, which was a Buddy Holly song about how love is like being on a roller coaster. 'It's true,' she said. 'Love is dangerous.'"

Lystra never gives the title of the Holly song, but anyone who grew up in those times immediately recognizes "Everyday." Or in another similar example -

"The radio was tuned to a station in Cadillac, and a song was playing about the moon and pizza pie and how that feels like a certain type of love ..."

Once again, people of a certain age will at once recognize the Dean Martin hit, "That's Amore." And the towns mentioned throughout the narrative will also strike chords, particularly among Michigan natives: Traverse City, Kalkaska, Cadillac, Reed City, Cedar Springs, etc. Lystra is obviously intimately acquainted with the route of old US-131.

All of these details, along with perfect pacing and a few well-fleshed out secondary characters, add up to a story that seems real in every way and will resonate long after the final page has been turned. Lystra's first novel is, in every way, an absolutely stunning debut. - Tim Bazzett, author of PINHEAD: A LOVE STORY
  • Yozshujind
Season of Water and Ice is a sharp and intuitive coming of age novel set in the back drop of the 1950's. The book spans over a couple months in 1957 when Danny DeWitt enters what will be his life turning point. Danny's family had recently moved to rural northern Michigan due to his fathers ambitious career change. When Danny's mom could not bear to live in the country she moves to Chicago leaving Danny and his father alone. Danny spends much of these months alone when he is not with Amber, a pregnant and abandoned teenage girl whom he befriends. During the course of many events, including the return of Amber's boyfriend, Danny transitions from boy to man and the process is one he will never forget.

Season of Water and Ice was a truly inspiring read. The author has a rare sense of writing in which he skillfully turned a coming of age novel into a rich, involved, emotional, intuitive and heartbreaking novel. The book was amazing. The pace was slow and thoughtful, not to say that you'll read it slowly. Its characteristics completely matched those of the 1950's. The author used much of that era and the concerns of the decade in this book. The reader is given a rare look into the thoughts and emotions of a teenage boy at this time. The book is deeply satisfying. It will connect with the reader on many levels as we have all had our "coming of age" moments.

I enjoyed this novel immensely. It was a very refreshing and different read for me. I was able to connect with Danny, who narrates his own story. The book is full of his thoughts, feelings, frustrations and confusions. The authors' style of writing amazed me. It was slow and thoughtful, guiding the reader through the pages and unfolding a story of life, love and loss. These topics are visited in a variety of ways which you would typically learn when you are coming of age. I could not put this book down. I found myself deeply involved with the story and shocked with my own progress in the book. I would highly suggest this book as your next read. Its awards, the Midwest Book Award and the Michigan Notable Book Award, are very deserving.

Reviewed for Bookpleasures