The Snow Child

The Snow Child

Large Print - 2012
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November, 1920. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start in a homestead 'at the world's edge' in the Alaskan wilderness. But as the days grow shorter, Jack is losing his battle to clear the land, and Mabel can no longer contain her grief for the baby she lost years before. The evening the first snow falls, their mood unaccountably changes. In a moment of tenderness, the two build a snowman - or rather a snow girl - together. Next morning, all trace of her has disappeared...yet there, in dawn's light, running through the spruce trees - Jack can't shake the notion that he glimpsed - a child? And how to explain the little but very human tracks Mabel finds at the edge of their property?
Publisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781444812664
Characteristics: 496 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.

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Aug 15, 2017

This book was absolutely enchanting, well deserving of being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. I got lost in the full senses immersion of the Northern wideness of Alaska. Reminiscent of Jack London's work, but with a fresh gentle breath. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and will be purchasing a copy for my home collection, which I almost never do. Can not recommend enough.

Mar 28, 2017

I usually really like historical fiction, but I found this book to be pretty boring. I did like the magical aspects, but not enough to impress me.

Mar 26, 2017

Beautiful prose. The writing takes you to 1920s Alaskan wilderness. HIstorical fiction and magical realism are two of my favorite genres, and this novel has both. Loved it!

Jan 16, 2017

This was a beautiful story...loved every second of reading it. One of my favorite books of all time. I will buy a copy for myself from Amazon so I can read again and again.

Jan 07, 2017

A magical wintery tale that keeps the reader guessing about what is real and what is fantasy.

Sep 22, 2016

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Jun 28, 2016

I loved this book.

Jun 26, 2016

A tale from all the cultures that live half the year in the dark and cold, this one from Northern Alaska. Mable and Jack, an older couple who left their life and families in the East to make a new life after losing their only child. Mable's walk across the frozen river was haunting and their Snow Child as a nether world character. Very well written and excellent read.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

For three quarters of its length The Snow Child is nearly a perfect read. The story of a girl made from snow unravels at a slow pace, necessary for the gradual unfolding that makes the novel so exquisite. Ivey skillfully interweaves the grace of the snow child with the textures of an untamed Alaskan wilderness. The story is most affective in its simple subtlety; through Ivey possesses a way with words, she lets the beauty of the story speak for itself. The story mirrors its subject. It is the sort of tale one wishes to get lost in, to dance in its mystery and to catch on one's tongue.

The last eighty pages or so of The Snow Child loses some of these qualities. It's jarring, largely unmagical, and cold, which could all potentially work if it felt like the coming of a blizzard, but it feels more like a mudslide. By no means is this part of the novel bad, it just loses so much of what made the rest of the book fabulous. I loved these characters and I felt like they really deserved a much better ending. There is so much that could have been done with such a lovely story that anything but the best is a letdown.

It is hard to drop this book from five stars because it is really good. Really good. It just didn't quite reach its full potential. When The Snow Child is at its best, however, it is really that good.

Mar 16, 2016

The Snow Child is simply breathtaking. The prose is at once both lyrical and delicate, and energetic and vivid. The juxtaposition of realistic harsh Alaskan wilderness and dreamlike fantasy works beautifully. A haunting story scattered with pockets of joy and hope that will certainly linger with readers long after.

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