The Snow Child, written By Eowyn Ivey is a must read. The story is set in the 1920’s Alaskan wilderness, Jack and Mabel, are starting over there, after losing a child during its birth. They are well into their lives – nearing their fifties – when they make this move. And although the life change is supposed to bring them closer together, it has done just the opposite.
Part magic and mysticism, part self-discovery, this book follows Jack and Mabel’s journey of rekindling their feelings, and discovering what is truly important. The landscape is harsh, and they have moved to Alaska after their only child is stillborn. Although Mabel has hoped the move would bring them closer together, Jack has discovered a world and friends outside of his family, and they drift further apart.
This quote is from a Russian folk tale, that is the basis for Ivey’s wonderful novel –
"Like many fairy tales, there are many different ways it is told, but it always begins the same. An old man and an old woman live happily in their small cottage in the forest, but for one sorrow: they have no children of their own. One winter's day, they build a girl of snow."
The Snow Child is both sad and uplifting, fantasy and truth, harsh reality and magical fairy tale. The Snow child has been picked as the favorite book to read for 2012 from Oprah to the 175 reader on Amazon who absolutely loved it! The one common thread in the Amazon reviews is that The Snow Child is a page turner – almost every person who read this great novel bought it, started reading, and had to force themselves to put the book down to sleep, go to work, etc. This truly is a great read, and a book you will want to read again and again.
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- Publisher: Reagan Arthur Little, Brown
- $24.99 US/$27.99 Can