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Reactions & Reviews

For a full-length review see BookPage, October 1997.

"Finally a writer has taken up Mark Twain's challenge and done something about the weather. Carl Klaus' journal of a single season makes a whole world of winter. The generosity of spirit and steadfast care of a true gardener lift every page. Reading this luminous meditation is a great way to make it through the feints and lunges of a tough bout with winter."
—Patricia Hampl, author of Virgin Time: In Search of the Contempletive Life

"Klaus' winter is green with life.Snow and words sparkle, and chilly days warm the heart. Like an icicle breaking light into red, yellow and blue. Klaus paints a glowing season. Here are juncos and black bean soup, white drifts of snow, and paragraphs that make the reader long for winter."
—Sam Pickering, author of The Blue Caterpillar

"The dead of winter is a misnomer . . . . He's at his best when he describes the loveliness of winter, like the red of barberry against the snow, or a day 'so cold and dry that flakes glisten in the air and glitter on the snow."
Publisher's Weekly

"This individual perspective on winter is both a diary and insight into human existence.  Readers . . . will find life here that will keep them looking forward to another spring and gardening season."
Library Journal