The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is an extraordinary work of art and is a major contribution to the literature of the American West.
Its description and visual imagery of the natural world of Alaska is the equal of Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Its portrayal of the marriage tensions of Jack and Mabel is the equal of Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose. Lively Esther is the equal to the strong western woman in an Ivan Doig novel.
Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It ends with "I am haunted by waters."
I am haunted by The Snow Child.
And I am haunted by Faina's voice as performed by Debra Monk.
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