The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 10:06am

I can't stop thinking about this book.  It's the first book in a long, long time which I finished reading and the first thought in my head was I can't wait to read it again!  I think everyone should pick up this book and read it.  It is taken from a Russian fairy tale and blended with the author's life experiences of her own life in Alaska.  The author is a kindred spirit.  Reading her descriptions and emotions made me feel as if I were the one viewing the scenery and observing the nature surrounding me.  I feel and respond the exact same way when I'm lucky enough to be in the mountains and the forests.  It's where my soul comes alive and soars.

All of the characters are down to earth except for Faina.  There is something different, something you can't quite put your finger on, something magical about her.  This is an adult fairy tale.  It needs to be read with the same joy you held reading the fairy tales of your childhood.

BOOK SYNOPSIS:  "Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel.  Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair.  In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow.  The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.  This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods.  She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness.  As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter.  But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them."

Happy Reading!


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Registered: 08-11-2008
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 11:07am

What Bev said: please read it!

Here's what I wrote about the book when I read it in May of this year.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 386 pages 5/28/12 pub 2012 What a beautiful book! A lonely, grief-stricken, childless couple move to Alaska in the 1920’s to farm and there, in the snow, make a snow girl who turns into a real girl the next morning. Or does she? At first, she disappears every spring and returns with the first snowfall, then, things change. This debut novel by an Alaskan is lyrical, sweet and coated in love and loss.

"I see that life itself is often more fantastic and terrible than the stories we believed as children, and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees." (251)