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The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey
From The Jacket: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 the 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.
This is a charming book with mystical undertones about a childless couple that welcomes Faina, a “snow child” into their lives. The author creates an aura of mystery, not revealing until well into the novel if she is real or imagined. It requires the reader to suspend belief and the pace is slow requiring patience for things to unfold –so not necessarily a book for everyone.
by-Linda-PBR 2012/05/27, 07:07 PM
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