Lori Henriksen

author of The Winter Loon

The Winter Loon

In the shadow of the Great Depression, long before historical changes leading toward LGBTQ advocacy, Ruth Thompson defies her family’s expectations that she marry Duke, her long-time sweetheart. Instead, she joins a rodeo circuit with her cousin in order to earn money for college and comes of age in the rough and tumble culture of rodeo competition.

After returning home to Minnesota, Ruth resumes her familiar relationship with Duke. Once at college, her safe existence is upended when she meets confident and free-spirited Gisela, and further unravels when the two women fall in love.

The lives of Ruth, Gisela and Duke entwine while Ruth embarks on a journey of self-discovery, full of dangerous social repercussions that takes her from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean. As WWII escalates, each faces a test of their fortitude, and Ruth must finally find a way to defy social backlash or lose the woman she loves.

Both heart wrenching and uplifting, The Winter Loon honors the strength and spirit of all those who struggle with social persecution because of who they love and how they define family whether it is their own flesh and blood kinfolk and/or those nearest and dearest to their heart.

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THB WINTER LOON is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

 a 2017 Forward INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist


an SPR Awards 2017 Finalist

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“The Winter Loon is the literary equivalent of the long slow opening of the loveliest of corollas in harsh environs. It is the quintessential love story of our times.”
—Stephen Victor
Coach: Cultivating Human Promise.

“The Winter Loon is a compelling story of a woman’s secrets, choices and courage. Both tender and wise, Henriksen is a fine story teller and her characters are skillfully drawn and memorable.”
—Sandra Butler
Award-winning writer, group facilitator and activist 
www.sandrabutler.net and www.motheringdaughters.net

“This is an ambitious, gripping, often painful story with a lot of drama and emotion, ups and downs and an ending that leaves the reader in satisfying tears.”
—Alan Rinzler
Consulting Editor

“What a beautiful, thoughtful book. The Winter Loon offers up complex characters and issues, a multi-textured plot and lots of heart. I have felt wrapped in the cocoon of this beautiful love story.”
—Alissa Lukara
Writing Mentor, Editor, Author of Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul.