Lisa Tucker is a fairly well known and respected American novelist. The Winters in Bloom is her sixth book. In her 2007 work Once Upon a Day, Tucker had explored the themes of kidnapping and raising children in protected isolation from the rest of the world. Here she returns to these same ideas. Her protagonists, Kyra and David Winter, have a five-year-old son named Michael over whom they hover obsessively. Their desire to protect Michael from bullying, not to mention dust, mass media, unhealthy food, and any number of other perils, lead them to homeschooling.