In addition to being an author, Scott Winkler is a husband and father, a teacher and scholar, and a concerned citizen of a nation yet to achieve its potential. He is a graduate of St. Norbert College, and he earned both his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scott's work, both creative and academic, has appeared in a variety of publications ranging from The Journal of Popular Culture and Aethlon to Elysian Fields Quarterly and Peninsula Pulse, among others. His first book, The Wide Turn Toward Home, was published in 2008. Scott and his family live in rural Wisconsin.
Invisible wounds. We may think we've buried them in a place from which their sting can no longer reach us, but it does. Such wounds cut deeply, linger, metamorphose, and when they eventually surface, their consequences are dire.
Such wounds motivate my novel The Meadow, a work of literary historical fiction set in America's heartland in the late 1960s.
Walter Neumann struggles with his father's dream for him: that Walt forego college and serve in the Army as he had served in World War II. An accident unexpectedly enables Walt to avoid military service and pursue his own dream, but he soon discovers that dreams don’t ensure happiness. When a tragedy in the Neumann family prompts the revelation of secrets his parents have hidden for years, these secrets threaten to shatter Walt's world. Through the love and guidance of the people who matter most to him and through the redemptive power of stories, Walt arrives at a place of healing--for himself and for his family--and feels equipped to handle the difficulties he knows he, and others, will encounter in the future.