Cat Winters is an award-winning author of YA and adult fiction. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee. Her second novel, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, was named to ALA's 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project and VOYA's 2014 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and her newest release, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, is a 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection. Her first novel for adults, THE UNINVITED, debuted in 2015, and her follow-up, YESTERNIGHT, will release October 2016.
Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. Visit her online at www.catwinters.com.
A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.
1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.
The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.