Shirley Waisanen Schoonover
Finnish North American Literature Association
Shirley Schoonover was born and grew up on the Iron Range in MInnesota. She
was educated at the University of Minnesota and the University of Nebraska. Her
short stories won the O. Henry Award and the Martha Foley Award. She had two
sons, Scott and Noel, and a daughter Robin. Shirley Waisanen Schoonover died
on June 4, 2004.
Schoonover, Shirley. Mountain of Winter. New York: Coward-McCann, 1965.
Mountain of Winter was translated into German and sold by Rowohlt under the
titleAva, (c) 1967. It is a story about a young woman coming of age in Minnesota.
---. Sam’s Song. New York: Coward-McCann, 1969.
---. A Season of Hard Desire. New York: Avon, 1981.
---. Winter Dream. New York: Avon, 1980.
This novel is a whimsical story set in the forests of Savo and peopled with
characters named Vaino, Ilmi, Lem, Louhi, an elf by name of Tet and an evil
shaman named Lute.
---. Letters from the Sandcastle.
An excerpt from Mountain of Winter appeared in Michael Karni and Aili Jarvenpa,
editors, Sampo the Magic Mill: A Collection of Finnish-American Writing.
Minneapolis, MN: New Rivers Press, 1989.