A Report from Winter by Wayne Courtois is his personal memoir about his family relationships in a time of difficulty, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This is an introspective and retrospective memoir about the complicated and intertwining relationships in his family, past and present, as they come together during his mother’s terminal illness, with the help of his long-term partner Ralph, who is meeting them for the first time.
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It’s January 1998, and southern Maine is recovering from one of the worst ice storms in history. Into this unforgiving environment comes the author, flying “home” from Kansas City after a ten-year absence. His mother, Jennie, is dying of cancer. She is receiving excellent care in a nursing home, but has lost the ability to communicate.
Needing support, Wayne makes an SOS call to Ralph, his longtime partner. Ralph boards a plane to Portland for his first exposure to a Maine winter, and to Wayne’s family as well, including a feisty aunt and an emotionally distant brother. The contrast between a nurturing gay relationship and dysfunctional family bonds is as sharp as the wind sweeping in from the sea.
Stubbornly unsentimental, A Report from Winter weaves childhood memories of winter with the harsh realities of living in a family where there’s not enough love to go around. The memoir is a tribute to hard-won relationships built on mutual trust and understanding, defying an uncaring world.