by Jeanne Winer
Like most public defenders, Rachel Stein is an adrenaline junkie. Inspired by the case of a battered woman who stabbed her husband to death, she devotes herself tireless to the woman’s defense, eager to finally create case law that can make a difference in these cases.
She isn’t prepared to lose. When she does, she loses her grip on everything. Her partner, her relationship, her belief in her way of life.
If she can’t save one woman, Rachel instead obsesses about saving the world. Revolution in Nicaragua beckons. Counting on her wits and humor, she embarks on an inside-out journey that may finally allow her to believe again in the people and life that she has loved.
A story of resourcefulness in a treacherously unstable world where bad things happen to good people, The Furthest City Light illuminates a journey of hope and revelations for a woman who cares too much. A Bella Attitude Novel.
GCLS Goldie Awards
The Furthest City Light — Winner,
I can think of only one word to describe the writing of the courtroom scenes of Emily’s trial and the word is excellent... I guess the way to judge the success or failure of a first person narrative is whether a reader, after the final credits roll, cares about the narrator and wants to know more about their life. I did and I do. Congratulations to Ms. Winer – The Furthest City Light is an engrossing great read.
Lambda Literary Review
Don’t miss this deeply thought provoking story of a journey of life-and-death encounters on a variety of levels with grave decisions to be made along the way. Winer has, indeed, given us plenty to think about in The Furthest City Light. You’ll ache toward the conclusion.
Daniela Kuper, Author of Hunger and Thirst
Jeanne Winer’s adroit first novel, The Furthest City Light, grabbed me without apology, took me away from this world and refused to let me back until I finished every word. With a hunger that surprised me, I followed Rachel’s quietly extraordinary transformation.
Kat Duff, Author of The Alchemy of Illness
Jeanne Winer is a heart-breaking novelist who keeps us laughing while she lays bare the perils of idealism and the fragility of love.
Sawnie Morris, Author of The Sound a Raven Makes
Even more beguiling, however, is the narrator herself: an educated cool hand Luke with a keen sense of the ironic and a commitment to upholding human rights at home and afar. Winer’s narrator exhibits the “bob and weave” moves of a prizefighter, the humor of a Woody Allen, and the courage and heart of everybody’s favorite under-dog.