Winter Seedlings is a story of survival from childhood sexual abuse, the journey to heal the heart, mind, and body. It is a story rich with characters struggling to define their sexuality, reach self-acceptance, and understand what it means to be loved.Jute’s mother married Earl in 1984. Within minutes of moving into his trailer in Maryville, Tennessee, they were shown jusWinter Seedlings is a story of survival from childhood sexual abuse, the journey to heal the heart, mind, and body. It is a story rich with characters struggling to define their sexuality, reach self-acceptance, and understand what it means to be loved.Jute’s mother married Earl in 1984. Within minutes of moving into his trailer in Maryville, Tennessee, they were shown just how evil he could be. Her sister chose to try to please him. Jute chose to try to avoid him. If she could, Jute would have made herself invisible. Instead, she made herself repulsive, even frightening. This kept Earl’s hands off her, so it didn’t matter if people mistook her for a boy or call her a freak. Jute was certain she didn’t need love anyway, didn’t want it. She didn’t even know how to love. But if she did, she would love Allie.Allie is beautiful, wears vintage dresses, and craves approval. She has suffered her own abuse, but she blames herself. She knows if she becomes a better person, a person worth loving, a person willing to give up everything, a man will love her. If only Allie could see herself through Jute’s eyes…When Allie inadvertently puts Jute in danger, they are forced to face their demons. If they drop their guard, will love be able to penetrate their scars and repair their hearts, or will their self-loathing destroy them before it can?...
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Winter Seedlings Reviews
This is a stark and painful story about surviving abuse. Julie Roberts Towe's writing is fantastic, her main characters are well drawn, and her descriptions of rural southern life convince me never to live in a rural southern town. This story was hard for me to read because it really gets under the skin of my own memories of abuse. The thing I loved best about the story is how it shows that you can build your own version of family when your own isn't there for you or is abusive.
Jute and Allie have been best friends since the day, almost ten years ago, that they met in the woods when Jute sneaked out to escape from her abusive stepfather. Now they're 17 and 18 and, due to her mother's divorce, Jute thinks she's finally escaped. But old fears haunt her and old wounds still hurt. When Allie inadvertently puts Jute in danger, the two of them flee Tennessee. The act sets them on a path that will alter both their lives as they come to terms with the past and learn how to love themselves, and possibly each other.Winter Seedlings, the debut novel by Julie Roberts Trowe, deals with a number of disturbing subjects, such as child abuse, self harm both physical and emotional, and the harm that can be inflicted by dogmatic religion. All the major characters are outcasts for one reason or another, and all deal with it (or don't) in their own, individual ways. I didn't get as absorbed in this book as much as I would have liked. Often it seemed to be trying to do too much, and I would have liked it better if it had addressed fewer events on a deeper level. Several of the characters weren't as developed as they could have been. I also would have liked to have known more about Allie. I never felt I understood why she had the issues that she did, so a lot of her actions frankly mystified me. A wider angle on the context would have been helpful.Trowe's strongest writing is when she makes her characters the most vulnerable. I was particularly impressed with the way she handled Jute's episodes of PTSD, almost inevitably linked to her sexual awakening. The dreams, flashbacks, and blackouts she suffers were vivid and haunting.Winter Seedlings offers a solid treatment of some intense subject matter. I looks forward to seeing how Ms. Towe progresses as an author.
"Winter Seedlings" is not always an easy and pleasurable reading, but it's definitely worth a try. Even though all the main characters are still in their teenage years, they have already experienced so much terrible things that it would last for a lifetime. It is especially true in case of Jute and Allie, who despite their dark past try to look forward with hope. The story is rather straightforward, yet skilfully told with an unusual attention to details, at some points even a bit too graphic for my taste. However, because it is told only from one main character's perspective, it leaves me wondering how the other important figure – Allie – saw things. I hope I find more of her perspevtive in "Hold This Close". Anyway, as I generally like books related to LGBTQ issues, I'm happy I found this one, although it explores much more than sexuality. Caution: can be triggering for people who experienced (sexual) abuse