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A raw, compelling family saga set in Wisconsin farm country during World War II.

As her community suffers a long season of drought, sixteen-year-old Cielle endures a more personal calamity: the unexpected death of her father. On a balmy summer afternoon, she finds him hanging in the barn -- the start of a dark secret that threatens her family's livelihood. A war rages elsewhere, while in the deceptive calm of the American heartland, Cielle's family contends with a new reality and fights not to be undone.

Based on an award-winning short story, The Driest Season creates a moving portrait of Cielle's struggle to make sense of her father's time on earth, and of her own. Debut novelist Meghan Kenny tells, with wisdom and grit, a deeply affecting story of a young woman discovering loss, heartache, and -- finally -- hope.



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