He is sixteen years old when his father dies in his arms. His brother returns from Vietnam, but a close friend does not. Young neighbors serve in Iraq. Villagers rebuild after a bombing. He is surprised to find his grandmother’s portrait hanging on the wall of a Cracker Barrel, next to old time memorabilia. A neighbor tells of a cave with ancient burials, but no one is able to find it.
These are but a few of the characters inhabiting Bill Brown’s book, Late Winter. Add the quiet beauty of the Tennessee hills and you understand why Brown is an acclaimed poet, why he has five books to his credit. Read this book immediately.