Winter Dreams by Don J. Snyder
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A moving novel about love, loss, and an extraordinary lifelong passion for golf, by the acclaimed author of The Cliff Walk and Fallen Angel.

Ross Lansdale never knew his mother and father and grew up at St. Luke's Orphanage for Boys in the 1950s. The one person who took an interest in him was Father Martin, a Benedictine monk who understood the loneliness of an orphan’s life. He instilled in Ross an enduring love of two solitary, reliable pursuits: golf and books. Over the years, and through the loss of his beloved mentor, Ross comes to rely on these trustworthy tools, sure that they will never abandon him.

As an adult and a college professor of literature, Ross encounters two people who will challenge and forever change his life: Julia, the student who opens his heart only to make him feel more vulnerable than ever, and Johnny Durocher, a spit-fire new professor–and terrifically talented golfer–who becomes Ross’s first true friend. Durocher’s one serious dream is to play the amateur tournament on the Old Course at Saint Andrews, but when an unforeseen tragedy keeps Johnny from playing, Ross must make the boldest decision of his life. As he travels to Scotland to confront his failures and fears, Ross embraces his wonder of the ancient game and plays a round of golf in honor of his friend, and the boy he used to be.

With characteristic poignancy and style that have earned Don J. Snyder critical acclaim for his novels and screenplays, WINTER DREAMS is a remarkable new work filled with compassion, heartache, and the grace that comes from the triumph of personal courage.
 

About Don J. Snyder

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DON J. SNYDER is the author of many acclaimed books, including the memoirs The Cliff Walk and Of Time and Memory and the novels Night Crossing and Fallen Angel.
 
Published May 29, 2013 by Doubleday. 268 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ross Lansdale spends his 1950s childhood in a Catholic orphanage under the tutelage of kindly Father Martin, an avid golfer who pauses before a shot—playing in the moonlight, no less—to give this unlikely speech to the boys gathered around him: “Every love story is a small boat set upon an open sea.

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Shattered by the experience, Ross falls into an equally problematic entanglement after he is befriended by handsome Johnny Durocher, a hot young writer and ace golfer who has just ridden a well-received first novel into a teaching position in Ross's department.

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