Episode 510 | Sarah St. Vincent Interview

Today’s author interview guest is Sarah St. Vincent, author of Ways to Hide in Winter

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In the wintery silences of Pennsylvania’s Blue Ridge Mountains, a woman befriends a mysterious foreigner—setting in motion this suspenseful, atmospheric, politically charged debut

After surviving a life-altering accident at twenty-two, Kathleen recuperates by retreating to a remote campground lodge in a state park, where she works flipping burgers for deer hunters and hikers—happy, she insists, to be left alone.

But when a hesitant, heavily accented stranger appears in the dead of winter—seemingly out of nowhere, kicking snow from his flimsy dress shoes—the wary Kathleen is intrigued, despite herself. He says he’s a student from Uzbekistan. To her he seems shell-shocked, clearly hiding from something that terrifies him. And as she becomes absorbed in his secrets, she’s forced to confront her own—even as her awareness of being in danger grows . . .

Steeped in the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with America’s war on terror raging in the background, Sarah St.Vincent’s Ways to Hide in Winter is a powerful story about violence and redemption, betrayal and empathy . . . and how we reconcile the unforgivable in those we love.

Sarah St. Vincent is a human rights lawyer whose work with victims of domestic violence informs her novel, giving it convincing dimension and an emotional depth to her characters. Having grown up in rural Pennsylvania herself, she attended Swarthmore College, Harvard University and University of Michigan Law School. She currently researches national security and surveillance for Human Rights Watch and lives in New York City.

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