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 ocean of California. 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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The Winter Loon has been named
a 2017 Forward INDIES Book of the Year Awards Winner
in the LGBT Category
https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/winners/2017/lgbt/

Available in paperback and ebook from most online stores:
Kobo.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Powells.com, Amazon.co.uk.,
and Ingram Spark for order at independent bookstores

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The Winter Loon is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
https://www.bragmedallion.com

and also a finalist in the following contests:

Self Publishing Review Awards 2017
http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2018/03/spr-awards-2017-winners-announced

 Golden Crown Literary Society
Finalist in two categories: Debut Novel and Historical Fiction
https://www.goldencrown.org/page/2018Finalists

Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award finalist
Debut Category
www.womensfictionwritersassociation.org

What People are saying:

“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.
www.stephenvictor.com

“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
www.alanrinzler.com

“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.
www.transformationalwriters.com