In The Center of Winter, Marya Hornbacher, author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, tells several sad stories that emerge from one suicide. These stories are intertwined through the voices of three narrators, who show us loss from the inside out. Kate is six years old when her father, Arnold Schiller, shoots himself in the head on Christmas Day while her 11-year-old brother, Esau, is a resident at a state psychiatric hospital for adults. Their mother, Claire, is left to cope with living, loving, and raising the children. Each of the survivors narrates his experience of reweaving the fabric of life after Arnold's death rips a piece from the center.