"A dream of a novel...part mystery, part war story, part romance"
We’re thrilled that Daniel Mason’s extraordinary new novel THE WINTER SOLDIER is out today from Little, Brown. Dip in now with an excerpt from Lithub and Narrative, and when you’re ready to devour the rest of this gorgeous book you can get your copy here.
Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains, he finds a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single, mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains.
But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal, makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever.
From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, The Winter Soldier is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone.
Praise for THE WINTER SOLDIER:
"A dream of a novel... part mystery, part war story, part romance." - Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
"So real, so rich and detailed, that... I was transported to a lost world of the past. Suspenseful, thrilling, aching with emotion." - Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of LESS
"THE WINTER SOLDIER held me by the throat from the first lyrical page to the last. A story which manages to be as original as it is timeless, and above all, credible." - Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of ROOM
"I have been a Daniel Mason fan since The Piano Tuner. His abilities as a storyteller and a writer of the most gorgeous prose leave you wanting more. The Winter Soldier is a tour de force. I was immersed in the grandeur of Imperial Vienna and the frozen battlefields of the Eastern Front, and in this beautiful tale of love and war, and of our frailty and resilience in the face of both." - Abraham Verghese, bestselling author of CUTTING FOR STONE