Monday, October 22, 2012

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey [Review]

The Snow Child4.5 out of 5 Robots!

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Genre: Fiction
Release: February 1, 2012
Hardcover: 389 Pages
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

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. (Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
Jack and Mabel, having lost a child long ago, are an older couple trying to make a life in Alaska. They struggle to adapt and find themselves a bit lost.  One day a young girl appears to them just like in the snow child fairytale Mabel remembers from her youth.  Mabel and Jack find their lives changed by Faina and gives them a new purpose in life.  Mabel especially comes into her own and begins to carve out a life in the desolate landscape.

The Snow Child is a lot like its Alaskan landscape: lonely, melancholy, and uncertain.  There is a feeling of being at the mercy of the elements and of forces that can’t be controlled.  It is a gorgeous book with beautiful haunting imagery that reads like a fairytale itself.  The story is subtle and slow, but it isn’t boring.  Jack and Mabel’s relationship is one of the stand out parts for me.  Even after all their struggles and hardships, they remain dedicated to one another.  You can feel their love and devotion towards the other.  Its a quiet love, but a strong and enduring one.  We need more relationships like that. 

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