Discussion GuideWinterland: A Novel
By Rae Meadows
"With meticulous precision and smart, poetic prose, Meadows vaults us into the chilling and eerily relevant world of Soviet-era gymnastics. Get ready to fall in love with eight-year-old Anya, who offers us a heart-wrenching view of what it means to live, love and compete in a sport where one wrong move or the whisper of dissent can ruin you. This book is full of heart."
—Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones
"[Rae Meadows's] gemlike novel... rests—panting, gasping, breathing—in the span between Anya’s tiny but powerful shoulders. With every cracking bone and snapped ligament, we long for Anya’s success even as it imperils her. We long for her rescue even as we both know that success means buying only a little more time before the end."
–Megan Abbott, The New York Times