2015 Locus Award Nominee
Bookwatch Reviewers’ Choice
on Locus Magazine’s prestigious annual Recommended Reads List
Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, Mary Doria Russell and Ursula K. Le Guin, ‘The Winter Boy’ explores important political and social issues within a dynamic, character-driven otherworld, wrapped up in masterful storytelling.
The Valley of the Alleshi is the center of all civilization, the core and foundation of centuries of peace. A cloistered society of widows, the Alleshi, has forged a peace by mentoring young men who will one day become the leaders of the land. Each boy is paired with a single Allesha for a season of intimacy and learning, using time-honored methods that include storytelling, reason and sex. However, unknown to all but a hidden few, the peace is fracturing from pressures within and beyond, hacking at the very essence of their civilization.
Amidst this gathering political maelstrom, Rishana, a young new idealistic Allesha, takes her First Boy, Ryl, for a winter season of training. But Ryl is a problem boy who fights Rishana every step of the way. At the same time, Rishana uncovers a web of conspiracies that could not only destroy Ryl, but threatens to tear their entire society apart. And a winter that should have been a gentle, quiet season becomes one of conflict, anger and danger.
The Winter Boy on the ArtSceneRadio Show,
WVIA-FM (the local NPR affliliate)
Please click on the Play button below to listen to Sally discussing the essence of human creativity, the inspirations behind her storytelling,and her novel The Winter Boy with Erika Funke.(January 2015)
The recording starts with Erika reading a portion from The Winter Boy and concludes with Sally reading an excerpt of the teaching tale The Empty Land from the novel