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
I really enjoyed this book. Our book group got a lot of discussion from this novel. The descriptions were amazing. We felt like we could feel the snow!
From reading the reviews both on here and Amazon, I was excited to listen to this. Unfortunately, I found it to be a boring story.
The first half of the story was intriguing but it turns into a sappy romance novel for the entire second half which is not what the description implied. It was also poorly edited and the author could have told the same story in half the time/words.
Karen of Northern Michigan
I loved the characters in this story, the story line, the description of the environment and homes and the narration..it was all very good.. What I didn't like was the detailed description of the slaughtering of animals.. I understand that this is set in the 1920's when people had to hunt for their food, but I didn't enjoy hearing how the animals were slaughtered, and then a very detailed description of how they were gutted, cut up and served.. Being an animal lover, I found it very disturbing. It took me weeks to get through this book because of that. Once the slaughtering began, I'd turn it off. Eventually, I'd start wondering what happened with the characters, so I'd start to listen again, only to eventually have another descriptive slaughter roll around.. There's even a part where a swan is slaughtered..
To be honest, though, I did feel like the story moved rather slowly and only picked up near the end of the story.. I started to get really interested in it towards the end where it turns into a sweet love story, only to have it take a drastic turn that seemed kind of stupid to me. Kind of seemed like the author was in a hurry to get it done so the ending was rushed...
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and have mixed feelings about having finally listened to the entire story...
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
We start off with a couple in their 50's, Mabel and Jack, homesteaders in Alaska during the 1920's. The beginning starts off bleak as the dream of homesteading has turned into a cabin fever nightmare. The couple are growing apart instead of bonding. As the story progresses, a snowman made to look like a young blond girl turns into the real thing within days. Is the girl real or a fairy tale similar to Mabel's favorite story growing up?
As the Snow Child, named Faina, comes alive in the story, she brings happiness and anticipation to the lives of Mabel and Jack. From that point on, the story builds where circumstances cause Mabel to become much more involved in the running of the farm -- to the significant improvement in her well being. Some additional characters are introduced that are interesting and keep the story moving well. I absolutely loved Esther, their neighbor.
My only complaint is that the story was just getting better and better, and then the ending became predictable and not as strong as the rest of the story. But I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves unique stories with lots to think about. I loved learning more about homesteading and Alaska.
The narrator did a very good job with the story. I look forward to this author's second book.
It couldn't have had a better name.
I was torn between what was reality and what may be fantasy for the characters. I was happy the story leaves no doubt. I liked how well the story moved along and just enough description to be able visualize their surroundings.
This is a story that I would have liked to see continue but also stopped at a time and in a way to give you hope that it did just that.
I enjoyed the book enough to look up the author, Eowyn Ivey and found this to be her first book. I hope she has more in the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Loved the feel and easy pace of the narrator. All the characters felt like you could have lived there and known them.
The story is sweet, touching and just enough of the "out of the ordinary" but not too far out.
The writing is beautifully crafted - a refreshing "read."
Worth the credit and I would look for more from this author.
I can't stop telling people about this book. The author does such a magnificent job of describing the great Alaskan frontier that I'm left awestruck. Never have I read anyone describe the wilderness and nature so well. All the while spinning a plot that leaves you questioning what is real and is make believe. Is the snow child real? This is magic!
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A wonderful love story of a couple who have been desperately trying to have children with no results. After a heartbreaking miscarriage they move from Pennsylvania to Alaska where life is always a challenge just to stay warm and fed through the rough winters. One day when their depression appears to be beyond repair, the first snowstorm of the season starts. In a bizarre moment they find themselves consumed by their inner-child and a playful snowball fight ensues, as the fun and joy continues they decide to build a snowman, when it is finished they both realize that it looks strangely more like a beautiful young girl than a snowman. The next morning the clothes they adorned it with are gone and in the following days, to their disbelief, they start to see a young, blonde girl wearing them. She is timid and continues to skirt around them for many days like a scared animal. Eventually a relationship starts to blossom out of the consistency of unlimited trust. As time goes by they begin to notice that she only appears when it becomes cold and then disappears in the beginning of Spring. They also discover that they alone are the only ones that she will allow to see her or her companion, an illusive fox.
As the years pass hardships and blessings surround our couple as they strive to farm and emotionally flourish in the rugged Alaskan country. Thank goodness for the help and friendship offered up so freely by their salt of the earth, seasoned neighbor family. Over time a wonderful lasting bond grows that takes them all well beyond friendship.
Other reviewers have all had different opinions of the ending. I thought it was solid and beautiful. True characters, wonderful narration, the life of an old fairy tale, hope, faith, unpredictability, and love are all elements of this wonderful listen.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
This story wavered back and forth for me. At times, I was annoyed with the main characters, Jack and Mabel, and at other times I was captivated with the storyline. So, this book was at times a 3 star and at times a 4 star. Even though this book centers around the "snow child", I felt that it was really about the personal growth of Jack and Mabel and in making their relationship and lives come full circle. Jack and Mabel move to the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920's and I believe they are in their 50's at the time. Mabel suffered a miscarriage and I feel that this change of scenery is a way to move on with their lives after this immense disappointment of not being able to have children. Of all the characters in the book, Jack and Mabel are the most uninteresting. Mabel bellyaches regularly and doesn't always speak up for herself and Jack doesn't really communicate his feelings and thoughts. I felt like it took a while for Ivey to introduce the snow child, but once she did the story picks up and becomes more entertaining. I especially liked the way Ivey kept me wondering about what was real and what was magic.
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