The Hungry Season by T. Greenwood

Stricken with writers’ block after the death of a loved one, a writer moves his family to a remote New England cabin to try to rebuild, while a fan makes her way across the country to realize her dream of being with him.

I’m a longtime fan of T. Greenwood‘s nuanced character portraits and sticky situations, and The Hungry Season is her best yet.

I really can’t say enough good things about this book, which takes an excruciating look at the breakup of a family. I desperately wanted Sam and Mena and Finn to figure it out and become a family again, and found myself turning pages as if I were reading a crime novel. The stalker plotline does add some external suspense–her books don’t usually have a ticking clock per se–but the emotional drama was what kept me so heavily invested.

I loved the bravery Greenwood showed in portraying her characters as flawed without reveling in their dysfunction. She invests everyone with a dignity and humanity that made me see a little bit of myself in each of them.

Highly recommending this one to anyone who wants a good, solid read that will keep you up at night without giving you indigestion.

Many thanks to Kensington and T. Greenwood for the review copy.

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