The Sisters Of The Winter Wood by Rena RossnerThe Sisters Of The Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

The Sisters Of The Winter Wood

byRena Rossner

Hardcover | September 25, 2018

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Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner's debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.

"With luscious and hypnotic prose, Rena Rossner tells a gripping, powerful story of family, sisterhood, and two young women trying to find their way in the world." --Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles and Circe

In a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami's babka and the low rumble of their Tati's prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell - despite their mother's warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods.

As dark forces close in on their village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realize the old fairy tales are true...and could save them all.

Praise for The Sisters of the Winter Wood:

Publishers Weekly: Best Book of 2018: SF/Fantasy/Horror
BookPage: Best Book of 2018: Science Fiction & Fantasy

"Intricately crafted, gorgeously rendered...full of heart, history, and enchantment." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A richly detailed story of Jewish identity and sisterhood... emotionally charged, full of sharp historical detail and well-deployed Yiddish phrases...Ambitious and surprising." --Kirkus
Rena Rossner lives in Israel, where she works as a literary agent. All eight of her great grandparents immigrated to America to escape the pogroms, from towns like Dubossary and Kupel. It is their story, together with her love of Jewish mythology and fantasy, which inspired her to write The Sisters of the Winter Wood.
Title:The Sisters Of The Winter WoodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.55 × 6.5 × 1.85 inPublished:September 25, 2018Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316483257

ISBN - 13:9780316483254


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Magical story. I love how it goes back and forth between the 2 sisters
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I was in the mood for a magical story and THE SISTERS OF THE WINTER WOOD more than delivered. The strong relationship between Liba and Laya served as the core for this fantasy, each with a magical power laying dormant. A pair of subplots brought even more magical goodness to the scene, and with so much happening, the pace felt consistent. The Yiddish expressions added to the strong voice (pro tip: there's a glossary in the back!) as did Laya's chapters, delivered in lyrical prose. The forest became its own character, atmospheric times a million, which is always awesome, and I fell deeply into the second half. In fact, it's kind of bananas how much happens. A retelling done supremely well, a solid five stars from me.
Date published: 2018-09-28

Editorial Reviews

"Rossner weaves an elegant tapestry of the love between sisters, the value of faith and family, and knowing one's true friends in times of peril."-J. Kathleen Cheney, author of The Golden City