Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Snow Child: A Novel

The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey

Check your scepticism at the door and enjoy the fairy tale that this book has to offer.

In 1918, few things sound harder than homesteading in Alaska but that is just what Jack and Mabel have decided to do.

Jack was raised working his families orchards along with his brothers.  He never had a chance to do anything on his own and really show himself and the world just what he could do.  Mabel was raised by a University professor and seemed much more suited to the life of a professor's wife rather than a farmer's wife let alone a homesteader.

After the stillbirth of their only child, Mabel convinces Jack that the Alaskan wilderness is just the place for them.  In the first years it seems that this was the worst choice they could make.  They both struggled with what they perceived as their roles in their new life.  They were struggling with themselves and each other and it seemed all was lost.

All it took was snowfall, a moment of forgetting themselves and their lives and the snow child was created.  From there, their lives would never be the same again.

This is a wonderful story of hope and mystery and possibility.

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