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The Snow Child

A Novel
Ivey, Eowyn (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.--From Amazon.
Authors: Ivey, Eowyn
Statement of Responsibility: Eowyn Ivey
Title: The snow child
a novel
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: "A Reagan Arthur book."
Summary: 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.--From Amazon.
Subject Headings: Frontier and pioneer life Alaska Fiction Fairy tales Adaptations Alaska History 1867-1959 Fiction
Genre/Form: Magic realism (Literature)
Topical Term: Frontier and pioneer life
Fairy tales
LCCN: 2011024937
ISBN: 9780316175678
0316175676
Branch Call Number: FIC I
Research Call Number: JFD 12-486
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Comment by: BCD2013 Jun 13, 2014

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In 1920s Alaska, a childless couple builds a girl made of snow who seemingly comes to life.
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In 1920s Alaska, a childless couple builds a girl made of snow who seemingly comes to life.


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Oct 22, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The writing in this book is sweet, soft, lush, and occasionally brutal—just like the snow blanketing the winter in this story and the mysterious girl child found living in it.

Aug 25, 2014
  • Septemberly rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I fell in love with the characters. The author made it easy for me to feel their sadness and their joy. I understood their plights and the hardships of what homesteading in Alaska must have been like so many years ago. I enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.

Jun 20, 2014
  • sasie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Just a lovely story. I didn't want it to end.

NYPL Staff Pick
In 1920s Alaska, a childless couple builds a girl made of snow who seemingly comes to life.
- Selection Team

May 20, 2014
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A simple touching story, beautifully told. I can't remember the last time I cared this much about the characters of a book. This will always be one of my favourites

Dec 09, 2013
  • JCLJanineM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This DeSoto Book Group selection for December stirred some good discussion. It's a remarkably honest look at family and marriage through the eyes of a middleaged couple determined to homestead in the Alaskan wilderness. A marvelous marriage of folk tale and true-to-life fiction that captures the nuances of those who head north for Alaska and stay to make a life.

LOVED THIS BOOK! Such a great book to read in the winter. Grab a cup of tea and let yourself be immersed into this wintery tale. So lovely...

Oct 22, 2013
  • PolarBear92 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a wonderfully engaging book, with incredibly descriptive, evocative language. I literally felt cold reading about the Alaska setting! I was always learning about the characters, always shifting my hopes for them, and remained engaged with the unfolding tale. I am still thinking about the ending, wondering if it holds up to the rest of the book - but even when the author chooses the "they all lived happily ever after" route, no fairy tale ever resolves with the emotional satisfaction we hope for. A fabulous book.

"Based on a Russian fairy tale, this debut tells of a childless couple in 1920s Alaska, working a farm and fearing the brutal winter. Anxious, tired, and lonely, they build a snow child, only to find that it has disappeared overnight. But soon they spot a little girl living on her own in the woods - is she homeless? Or is she perhaps a snow fairy? Either way, her appearances hearten the couple. With a spare writing style that enhances vivid descriptions of Alaska's landscape and harsh winters, The Snow Child alluringly adds a bit of magic to hardscrabble farming lives." Fiction A to Z October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=691547

Aug 13, 2013
  • Rosina rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful story, part historical fiction part fairy tale, haunting. Mabel and Jack move to Alaska to start over again . Wonderful development of characters. I wanted to shake either of them at different times, then wanted to throw my arms about them. Eowyn paints pictures of the hardship and toil but also at times she portrays a breath taking visual beauty . A book that enlivens all senses, visual, scent, hearing and taste while stirring the emotions.

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Mar 24, 2013
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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