From the Back Cover:
David Adams Richards’ first novel, THE COMING OF WINTER, reveals an author who finds universal truths in very particular settings, specifically New Brunswick’s Miramichi Valley. This novel provides a window upon a world which is as unsettling, as uncontrollable, and as inescapably authentic as a sudden brawl.
From the vivid opening hunt scene, we are in a community whose frustrations come to focus in the plights of twenty-year-old Kevin Dulse, his family, and especially his wild young friends. As the novel winds through the final months leading up to Kevin’s wedding, only the countryside itself seems to possess a quiet resolve. An intensely realistic story stands firm upon its engaging, unaffected characters and the raw and obvious talent of its then twenty-two-year-old author.