The truth is that if we choose to be vulnerable and allow others in, much less love others, we will experience pain. Especially when someone we love dearly dies. Winkle has written a must-read for anyone, particularly women who have experienced a profound loss. Writing about the loss of her mother does not limit the power of this novel to those experiencing the same loss, for Winkle makes it clear that loss is loss. How does one move from the shock and pain to a life lived normally?
This is at once a deeply spiritual read and a psychological journey into grief. How can the world around you keep moving as usual when you feel like you are stuck, standing still, gasping for some relief from the hollowness inside? Follow Winkle as she examines life and what makes it worth living. The book is beautifully written as two different stories that begin the transformation that must occur to overcome the devastation of loss so that joy can take hold in its purest form.
I found this book to be truly soul-stretching and on point given the last year with losing a family member and so many friends and acquaintances to COVID. I am thankful that I found this at such a low point in my life for it gave me a huge boost back into joy and happiness. This is definitely the best novel dealing with grief I have ever read.
Unpacking life’s chaos and circles isn’t always a choice.
Before breaking, she considered the edge of normal an ideal — cluttered with the screw-ups who couldn't handle life. Now she’s engaged in a bonkers conversation with her heart and mind as she and her mental miscreants scrabble through a facetious struggle to figure out life after loss.
She soon discovers leaping from ‘normal’s cliff’ is a sloppy free-fall of rebirth loaded with cosmic oddities and ludicrous miscues. Standing on her edge, she wonders whether living beyond the boundaries is worth the cost of stepping off the abyss into the unknown. She’s about to find out.
Discover what happens in this unique, insightful story about when your mind breaks and you have to learn the true meaning of living.
Winnie Winkle began writing as a storyteller for ‘The World of Magic, New Mexico’ before branching out into other genres. Published in Paranormal / Sci-Fi Romance, Humorous Fantasy, and Literary Fiction, Winnie’s newest series drops readers into a fantastical beach world filled with humans, magicals, and a speedo clad Greek god, then takes everyone on a snark filled romp of a read. Boogie Beach, Salt Shaken and Speedo Down published in June, July and August of 2021.
She comports herself as a fabulous Central Florida broad who swills bourbon, likes dogs and cats, and practices yoga, but not with any degree of grace. Supporting live local music is a pretty big deal to her, so if you pass a gravestone that admonishes, ‘Go see the band and hit the tip jar’, it’s probably hers. But, since she’s not dead yet, she’ll keep penning fun stuff to rock your reading chair.
Winnie’s lived in Florida for over 30 years and splits her time between Daytona Beach Shores and the Mount Dora area. She prefers writing beach-side as much as she can because, if we’re baring our souls here, the ocean is a mighty muse and there’s only so much you can expect from coffee.
Her books are published in a variety of reading device formats, as well as in paperback. Follow her on Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, or visit her Amazon author page.
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