The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (16 Feb 2012)
  • With a nod to Russian folklore, Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel is truly a thing of beauty.  In the 1920s, middle-aged couple, Mabel and Jack, up sticks and move to Alaska, hoping to flee the heartbreaking memories of their still-born child.  How can this vast, bleak landscape possibly fill their empty hearts?  Hope comes with the appearance of Faina, a quasi-feral child who brings equal amounts of joy and sadness into their once barren lives as she flutters in and out of their home. 

    The writing is so evocative and atmospheric, it’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel.  We see the crisp beauty of the wild Alaskan landscape which can be equally cruel and bountiful.   We see real folk trying to carve out a decent living against all the odds, clinging onto the slightest glimmer of hope. 

    Eowyn Ivey has spun a spellbinding, haunting story, skilfully blending fantasy and reality.  Throw another log on the fire (virtual or real!) and be transported to the Alaskan wilderness through this captivating tale.

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    9 Comments

    1. nomadreader says:

      This novel is one of the ones I’m most anticipating in 2012. I’m thrilled to hear it lives up to expectations!

    2. admin says:

      It will be one of my top ten books this year. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I gulped it down! :-)

    3. I loved it too! I think it will be a favourite for lots of people in 2012. :-)

    4. This sounds so unique and interesting. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    5. vivienne says:

      I am really looking forward to this one.

    6. Treez says:

      Glad to hear you loved it too, Jackie – an amazing debut!

    7. Treez says:

      Sam and Vivienne, it’s a very special novel, hope you both enjoy it as much as I did. :-)

    8. Helen says:

      I’ve just finished reading this book and I loved it too. The descriptions of Alaska were so beautiful! I agree that it’s hard to believe it’s Eowyn Ivey’s first novel.

    9. admin says:

      Ooh, another fan, Helen, this will surely be a big hit next year! If I had the money, I’d be off to Alaska right now, will have to do with armchair travel via this wonderful novel instead. :-)

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