Under the Weeping Willow
“A sensitive and well-crafted drama unpacking issues of mental health, layers of grief, societal expectations, and the instability of memory, this novel is touching on the surface, but subtly and profoundly layered with meaning.” —Self-Publishing Review
1918: Just as Robin Holcomb settles into married life with her husband, Willis, on his aunt and uncle's farm in Wisconsin, WWI calls Willis away. With an unknown future and a child on the way, Robin makes the best of life among people she barely knows.
After the birth of her child, Robin struggles with depression and battles to overcome her inner demons before despair and hopelessness drive her to attempt to take her own life. Will Robin survive her dive into postpartum depression, let alone see Willis again?
1983: Enid Fenton clears out her Mother's house and puts the family farm up for sale, trying to not be consumed by guilt for installing her mother into the county nursing home.
Reading through some of her mother's diary entries, Enid uncovers a secret that helps her make sense of the unnamed point of division that has always soured their relationship. Can Enid reconcile with her mother before the ravages of Alzheimer's claim her?
Readers of historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, literary fiction, and women's fiction will be moved as this novel takes them from the depths of a person's psyche and grief to the pinnacle of long-hoped-for peace.
”You don't have to be a fan of Christian historical fiction or family dramas to like this novel. Knipfer has created a story that crosses many genres and will appeal to those who love poignant epics about complex characters, engrossing plots, relatable situations, and a satisfying ending.” —Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
“More than a historical fiction piece, Knipfer provides a compelling family saga that moves from 1918 to 1988 choices and their contrasting impacts. Under the Weeping Willows creates a candid story of Wisconsin family legacies of depression, dementia, and the process of uncovering treasures and wealth against all odds.” —Donovan's Literary Services
“This time-split novel captured my heart and didn't release it until the final page. Beautiful and haunting, Robin and Enid's story swept me to another era. These characters lived, and I loved watching them find their way to each other. Keep the tissues handy. You don't want to miss this story!” —Candace West, Selah award finalist and author of the Valley Creek Redemption series
“A gorgeous storyteller, Knipfer has the gift of blending strong imagery with vivid emotions to capture readers' hearts in this spellbinding story.” —Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
Jenny Knipfer lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken, and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling.