Seasons of the Birch is a story of perseverance, sacrifice, and resilience. Susan Puska brings realism and heart to a novel that showcases the untold stories of women, minorities, and marginalized men who served their country yet seldom get the recognition they deserve. Ruth Amundsen grew up poor in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula during the 1920s and 1930s. As she ventured beyond the village of Big Bay, she left her real home – the shores of Lake Superior. After nursing training, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, serving during the last year of World War II in the war-torn Philippines.
When she returns to post-war America, she finds her independence, sense of contribution, and hard-earned status as a war nurse of little value to a country seeking to get back to an outdated normal, whatever the cost. Her search for tranquility and family is tested as she returns to her beloved Northwoods. Can she adapt to the harsh realities she exchanged for returning north? Will she break from its icy weight or find her resilience like the birch tree after a long winter?