The Snow Child

The Snow Child

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Reagan Arthur/Back Bay, 2012.
Edition: 1st Reagan ArthurBack Bay pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780316175661
Characteristics: 391, 15 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Snowchild


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Sep 21, 2017

I still think about this book a year after reading it. I absolutely loved it!

Librarian_Deb Aug 28, 2017

A folktale is re-imagined as taking place in Alaska during the 1920's. A childless couple is struggling to survive as homesteaders there. Mabel, the wife, is so despondent at the beginning of the book that she ponders going down to the river and allowing herself to fall in. Jack, her husband, focuses on the enormous amount of work it is taking him to clear the land, plant crops, and eke out a living. Hope seems lost to them until some neighbors reach out to help them. One night, feeling unusually light-hearted, they construct a snow person which they decide to make into the image of a little girl. The next day the scarf they had put on the snow figure is gone, and Jack catches a glimpse of an impish child running through the woods. They both begin to see the girl, often accompanied by a red fox, who seems perfectly at home in the Alaskan wilderness. This girl becomes their new obsession, and she will forever change their lives.
I enjoyed this story a lot, the Alaskan setting was new to me and I enjoyed learning more about life there. The story has a mystical quality to it and at the end I wasn't quite sure how to explain it all. Our book discussion group enjoyed hashing over this element and we didn't all agree but we enjoyed the story and were captivated by the characters in it. Definitely a good read - especially on a cold winter's day.

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.

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