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Light on Snow | [Anita Shreve]

Light on Snow

Snowshoeing over crusted snow in the woods near their home, 12-year-old Nicky Dillon and her father come upon something shocking. There, in the pristine winter scene, an abandoned baby wails, its survival made possible only by the coincidence of their having chosen this path for their late afternoon outing.
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Publisher's Summary

Snowshoeing over crusted snow in the woods near their home, 12-year-old Nicky Dillon and her father come upon something shocking. There, in the pristine winter scene, an abandoned baby wails, its survival made possible only by the coincidence of their having chosen this path for their late afternoon outing.

In the days and weeks that follow, Nicky glimpses corners of the adult world that she never dreamed existed. As she follows the fate of the baby girl and talks with the police officers assigned to investigate, Nicky for the first time asks questions about her life's strange shape. Why has her father moved them to this isolated New England farmhouse? How can they come to terms with the tragedy they left behind? And how can she bridge the chasm between his needs and her own growing sense of the world?

Nicky's ideas about life are thrown into stark relief by the arrival of a young woman haunted by her own terrible choices. Together, Nicky, her father, and this woman must work their way through a thicket of decisions, each one seeming to carry equal possibilities of heartbreak or redemption.

With the glorious prose and emotional resonance that have won readers' hearts all over the world, Anita Shreve delivers her deepest and most powerful novel yet, a mesmerizing story of the secrets we keep and the secrets we unearth, and the power of forgiveness to mend even the most battered souls.

©2004 Anita Shreve; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"The story shifts brilliantly between childlike visions of a simple world and the growing realization of its cruel ambiguities....Shreve does a skilled job of portraying grief, conflict, and anger while leaving room for hope, redemption, and renewal. Her characters are sympathetic without being pitiable, and her prose remains deceptively simple and eloquent throughout." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Emmy Mandeville, LA, USA 02-16-05
    Emmy Mandeville, LA, USA 02-16-05
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    "This narrator was perfect."

    This is a great story. It's well written, with beautiful descriptions of people and places. I highly enjoyed it, the enjoyment, I am sure, was enhanced by the perfect narration. The narrator's voice is soft and young sounding, much like I would have imagined the character's voice would be. This is one book that is probably better listened to than read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Shirley, MA, USA 02-07-05
    Rachel Shirley, MA, USA 02-07-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Light on Snow"

    I liked this book. It was not earthshaking. It was not a nail biter--Just a very good listen. I really liked the main character and her dad. I found my self laughing out loud at her very young logic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Long Valley, NJ, USA 02-03-05
    Stewart Long Valley, NJ, USA 02-03-05
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    "Light on Snow"

    I loved this book. It moved me to tears many times. It was raw with emotion and you felt their pain. It was interesting from the beginning and I did not want it to end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 11-05-06
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 11-05-06
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    "Shreve succeeds"

    I have been ambivalent about Anita Shreve's books. But I really enjoyed Light on Snow. It held my interest and I didn't find it at all boring. The narrator did a good job telling the story as a 12 year old.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 10-09-11
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Somewhere between depressing and confused"

    This is one of those books that you can't stop listening to even though you are really not sure you like....it is intriquing. I found it strange, somewhat depressing. But it had a story, it just lacked something that I can't define. Not a really upbeat book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-11-07
    Caroline Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-11-07
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    "Shreve rocks!"

    I love all of Anita Shreve's books and this one does not disappoint. Great narration, great story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 12-30-06
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 12-30-06 Member Since 2003
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    "I Liked It"

    A simple and pleasant story. This was very enjoyable to listen to. The story described a situation that is not well understood and it was not predictable at all. This is definitely worth your money/credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Billy Kershaw, SC, USA 12-01-05
    Billy Kershaw, SC, USA 12-01-05
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    "Easy to listen to"

    This book was pretty easy to listen to and I enjoyed it except for all of the "dad said", "Charlotte said", "I said" throughout the entire narration. Except for that I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Hood SMYRNA, GA, US 07-02-12
    Barbara Hood SMYRNA, GA, US 07-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Story"

    I listened to this book just after '50 Shades of Grey' which was, let's face it, repetitiously boring with juvenile dialog. This book had a great story line that kept me interested. I couldn't wait to see what happened. Anita Shreve's books are always about human frailties and the situations caused by them. I'm a great fan of hers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Chicago, IL, United States 01-29-12
    Joanne Chicago, IL, United States 01-29-12
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    "Worst Anita Shreve book I ever read"

    I have read many of Anita Shreve's books and enjoyed them all. This one is an exception, and would not recommend it. Plot was thin and not up to her usual style. I kept listening thinking it was going to get better. It didn't.

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