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.
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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.
This book was fascinating in many ways. First, I don't know much about the lives of the pioneers who settled Alaska and this was a beautiful description of what it must have been like. Second, the integration of a Russian fairy tale about a elderly couple and snow child into this stark, harsh world was incredibly appealing. It made the short, dark days and depression of the main character open up. Through out the book, the author seems to want the reader to decide for themselves if the snow child is really a child formed from a snow figure built by the couple or if she is an orphaned little girl with uncanny powers.
The telling takes you on an interior journey of the main character as well as a journey through the stunning Alaskan seasons. I know what I think about the snow child . . . but you have to decide for yourself.
This is a good story with beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness with a little bit of magic thrown in. Well done!
It seems a simple story. It is not. The events spin about, clarifying and confusing all at once. I could relate to all the well developed, solid and realistic characters. It's the girl that I can't get out of my head or heart that haunts me. A gentle, dynamic book that can't really be explained....you just have to read it. Enjoy.
It brought me back to my childhood days of reading fables
I did not read this book in print. I enjoyed it greatly in audio.
No, but she was quite pleasant to listen to.
I wanted to, but wasn't able to.
I love how this book lets you wonder in the way children wonder. The characters are likeable, and real. The story is fantastical, and yet still grounded in a reality that is easy to understand and relate to. Not all the answers are given, but they don't need to be. Loved this reading experience!
Jazz Cat's Mom
Snow Child is a charming fairy tale (or is it?). Set in Alaska in the early 1900s, the story is full of details about homesteading and farming in that vast, cold wilderness and the affects of this life choice on the people living there. The characters are all well developed and truly nice and kind people. Not a bad guy in the bunch. This is not my typical reading choice. I like stories that are a little more dramatic: serial killers, court room dramas, vampires, crazy people. The story is well-written, interesting and enjoyable and probably deserving of a five-star rating, if you enjoy simple stories like this one. I'm certainly not sorry I listened to it, but I wouldn't recommend to my friends with reading tastes similar to mine.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Just finished listening to The Snow Child . . . LOVED IT . . . a mixture of reality of the harshness of the Alaska wilderness and life there in the 1920s, the heartbreak of a childless couple . . . intertwined with the storybook magic of a snow girl come to life . . . if you have a love of fairy tales and a bit whimsy within you . . . don't miss this one . . .
I always love audio books more, the narrator adds a new level of interest in the story.
I loved the mystery and the fable feel to the story. I also loved the detail, Eowyn really makes you feel like your sitting in a river valley in Alaska!
Foena for sure because she is so different on so many levels.
There were many wonderful elements in this story; the emotions of wanting a child, meeting one's own emotional and physical needs, the historical backdrop of homesteading in the early 20th century. Each character was very clear about who s/he was, and honored that in the way they lived. The prose was very easy to listen to, and felt authentic for each character.Mable was a delightful, charming woman. She struggled with and rose to the challenges of both her daily existence and her life. She wasn't bound by traditional female roles; she was able to do what needed to be done, in an unassuming manner. Jack, her husband, was just about a perfect mate who loved his family without judgment.The performance was wonderful.
Debra Monk was able to give voice to the story and characters with compassion and evenness. Each character was distinct without exaggeration. I highly recommend this audiobook!
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