Imagine: A World Run By Women. Would it be Peaceful or Just As Violent As Ours?

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Chilling headlines of war, violence and disease inspired author Sally Wiener Grotta to write “The Winter Boy,” a novel in which women forge Peace out of chaos. But will the women in charge make the same mistakes that men have made throughout history?

"The Winter Boy" by Sally Wiener Grotta
“…a very rewarding read that raises your self-awareness in a way that only great books do… A literary triumph” ~ Dr. Babus Ahmed

Can the wisdom of women shape a more peaceful world? Or is it in human nature to be aggressive and competitive? In Sally Wiener Grotta’s new novel “The Winter Boy,” a cloistered society of widows use storytelling, reason and sexual intimacy to train and guide young men destined to be political leaders. The interlocking circles of loyalties and economic dependencies they develop comprise a new kind of peace.

“I didn’t set out to create a new world model,” Grotta explains. “But once I began writing ‘The Winter Boy,’ I began to realize that one of the core questions driving the story was whether women would be any better at governing than men have been.”

Human nature being what it is – and the requirement that a good story be rife with tension and conflict – “The Winter Boy” is not a utopian (or dystopian) tale. Instead, it is a compelling, finely crafted literary work that is being compared to fiction by Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. LeGuin. In other words, "The Winter Boy" explores important political and social issues within a dynamic, character-driven otherworld, wrapped up in masterful storytelling.

“A Literary Triumph.” Critics Rave About “The Winter Boy”

Critics agree: "The Winter Boy" by Sally Wiener Grotta is a great read, as well as a meaningful story. It has been designated a “Bookwatch” Reviewers’ Choice. Here are just a couple of quotes from the many rave reviews:

“’The Winter Boy; is highly readable. It captures the reader's interest immediately and swiftly carries him or her through the incredible story.” ~ Alma Bond, “Midwest Book Review”

“‘The Winter Boy’ by Sally Wiener Grotta is a deeply thoughtful book. The comparisons to Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. LeGuin are apt. It reads more like literature than fantasy or science fiction… I found ‘The Winter Boy’ very engrossing. I enjoyed the experience of reading the book and felt enriched by it when I was done.” ~ Kelly Jensen, “SFCrowsnest “


“The Winter Boy” is available in hardbound, quality paperback and eBook (all formats) from Amazon, Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble and other online and bricks-and-mortar bookstores.

For review copy and interview requests, the press should contact Cynthia Dadson, Pixel Hall Press’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Cynthia[at]PixelHallPress[dot]com.

About Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta is a consummate storyteller, reflecting her deep humanism and appreciation for the poignancy of life. As an award-winning journalist, she has authored hundreds of articles, columns, essays and reviews for scores of glossy magazines, newspapers, journals and online publications. She has also written numerous non-fiction books. Her fiction includes "Jo Joe," a Black Bear, Pennsylvania novel. A member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors, Sally Wiener Grotta is a frequent speaker at conferences, schools and other organizations on storytelling, creativity, and the business of writing.

About Pixel Hall Press

Pixel Hall Press is a relatively new, old-fashioned small publishing house whose focus is on discovering literary gems and great stories that might otherwise be overlooked. Our mission is to publish books that energize the imagination and intrigue the mind, and to be a conduit between readers and provocative, stimulating, talented authors.

In this era of digital technology, Wall Street involvement and merger mania, many mainstream publishers seem to have lost sight of core principles and the purpose of publishing. At the other end of the spectrum is the veritable avalanche of self-published books that are notoriously uneven in quality. Small boutique imprints like Pixel Hall Press are reclaiming the heart and soul of publishing by reviving the idea that a publisher's “raison d'être” is finding and nurturing great writers, and to provide readers with beautiful, meaningful, truly enjoyable books.

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