Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.
©2012 Eowyn Ivey (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
The whole story felt like a remembered fairy tale written at novel length. I loved the narration. The author's setting details made me feel the cold of the blowing snow and the warmth of the hearth. The characters were uncomplicated, but not one-dimensional.
The conclusion was simply amazing.
This tale was written to be read aloud, I think. Debra Monk made each of the characters unique.
The perfect listen for a snowy weekend.
No knowledge of the print Vern's.
I loved the horse back ride in the snow on the mountain.
I loved this story. Sad, happy, mysterious. Loved the cold remote lifestyle.
Captivating, magical & penetrating
The vivid language and captivating weave of storytelling that wraps around the reader, pulling them ever deeper into a magical setting & the tender intimacy of the characters lives & experiences.... A classic worth reading time & time again
Yes - right after it began & the moment continued to linger after the book finished
This is a timeless story that I know I will listen to again & again. Quite likely the best book I've ever purchased through Audible - great praise considering that I am rather attached to my audible library & dearly love the vast majority of the titles I've collected.
So many adventures, hardships and happy times.
Seewana coming into the lives of Jack and Mabel
Seewana was always able to take care of herself, so knowledgably about the outdoors. Survival skills.
Seewana melted away leaving her husband and son behind.
Book is a good read for young teens to young adults. However of my age I still enjoyed it very much.
Enchanting is the word that comes to mind when I think of this beautiful but sad novel. It is the story of a broken hearted husband and wife whose sadness overwhelms them as they long for their child who died at birth. The first time author, Eowyn Ivy, paints a picture with words that seem to jump right off of the page bringing you into 1920s Alaska, a wilderness of magical beauty . The author is an expert storyteller, with perfection at spinning a surprising tale of a little girl who will raise the question in your mind, from chapter to chapter, Is she really real or an illusion of a fairy tale?
Middle aged Jack and Mabel planned on creating a new start for themselves byhomesteading in Alaska. The first winter they began to realize that leaving the past sorrow of their child that died might be more difficult than they thought. Consequently, they began to have doubts that at their age they would be able to survive the harsh winters. On the evening of their first snow they decide to build a snow man but it ends up looking like a girl. Both of them feeling giddy, dress their snow girl in a knit hat, scarf and mittens. The next morning the snow girl is mysteriously gone. Later that day they catch glimpses of a little girl dashing through the woods wearing the same apparel as the missing snow girl. This is how Faina, the magical child, comes into the couple's life. Faina is in and out of their lives through the winter and then disappears in the summer, returning the next winter. Mabel feels maternal and gets attached to her while trying to unsuccessfully tame her but Jack realizes that the girl is a child of the snow and knows to let her come and go as she pleases. Jack refers to her, "Like a rainbow trout in a stream, a wild thing glittering in dark water."
This novel spoke to me because my family lived in Anchorage, Alaska for eight years when I was a child. For me, it brought back stirring memories of the dark winters and everlasting sunshine of the summers. It is no surprise that Eowyn Ivy is an Alaska native because it seems that her prose of the land comes straight from her heart. When I leave a novel and the story stays with me I know that I will never forget it and then I realize I have read a piece of work by a truly gifted author. I will be waiting and watching for her next novel.
I wanted to really love this book. After reading the reviews, I hoped I would find myself so immersed in Alaska & the characters lives but overall, it just didn't do it for me. I did enjoy the story. I thought it was well written and the narrator was very good but I think my expectations were set too high after reading the reviews.
I enjoy historical fiction, humor, and biographies. I listen to my Audible books as I drive in my car or on my IPhone.
I loved the description of Alaskan terrain and the idea of living there during this era.
The Ice Maiden.
This was a lovely book that just wanders. Even though you have to suspend your disbelief or try to really understand what is happening. It is little odd. Not sure whether it is fantasy or not. But if you just go with the flow it is lovely, like a fairy tale.
Really enjoyed this story about Alaska in the 1920's and the dreams and wishes of a childless couple.
Her variations of each character gave them distinction without seeming forced. Brilliantly done!
Stirs up lots of emotions, depending on your own life experience.
Although I immensely enjoyed the writer's talent, I wish I had a different mindset before beginning this book. You MUST let yourself go into fantastical thinking, wonderment, longing, "fairy tale retold" kind of thinking. If you want a clear ending you'll have to get it from your own creative mind, which you are brilliantly led into by the author. This is what was so interesting about this book. I can't say enough about the writing. It has unique characters that you grow to care about, without actually knowing too many details about them. But they were oh-so relate-able. Loving, letting go, loving again, letting go again...and then another love. It certainly goes beyond flesh and blood. How can anyone endure such emotions? Because the love outweighs the loss.The Emily Dickinson quote (did you find it?) just made my day, as that is one of my all-time favorite quotes. Looking forward to the author's next offering and until then, I made give this another listen.
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