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Publisher's Summary

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

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Alaskan Fairy Tale That Has It All!

This was a very suspenseful and unusual book. The characters were quirky and wonderful. The life in Alaska was hard and difficult but full of rewards. The snow child was full of energy and life and her customs were old world. I hated for this story to end. I also had so much sadness because of the events that slowly played out. And yet the joy in the story makes me smile as I remember bits and pieces. I loved this book and will read more from this writer. I loved this story!

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Surprisingly drawn into the story

Great story. Interesting storyline. Characters were plain and simple. Interesting descriptions of Alaska life
Didn't like ending though.

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  • Ty
  • 08-14-15

too predictable

although I have forms myself many times back in the story recreating the ending. always a good sign when a story lives in me even after I have finished it.

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Enchanted by this story

I did not expect to be as drawn into this story as I was, expecting a fairy tale but getting so much more. I was very caught up in the characters lives, and the images and imaginings of living in Alaska.

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Couldn't hold my attention

The narration was excellent, but the plot loses steam within part one. I'd often find my mind straying and eventually looked forward to just completing the book. The story could have been told in less time and just failed to maintain my interest.

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Amazing

The story was lyric and magical. The narration was engaging. I truly was sad when the experience was over.

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  • elizabeth
  • bolton, CT, United States
  • 07-12-15

Great story and a worthwhile listen

I loved the incorporation of the fairytale into the story of the couples attempt to work through their grief over the death of a child. It was sad at times but so honest in the way both the husband and wife had dealt with their grief differently over the years and what finally brought them together at the end. Bittersweet but ultimately the couple find joy in the future, family and each other again.

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Eh

I don't know why this book got such good reviews. I was bored until the last few chapters, when it picked up. The story is pretty preposterous. The only reason I found it at all interesting is because I used to live in Alaska and I enjoyed the descriptions of the trees and flowers, the vast wilderness, and the seasons in the far north, recalling my time there.

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  • Andrew
  • St Louis, MO, United States
  • 06-26-15

Excellent modern fairy tale- like novel

Loved the characters, the mystery surrounding the snow child, and how the story played out. First book I've listened to in awhile without any villains. None needed. It's a story of heartbreak, loneliness, and a powerful need fulfilled. Not for young children but great for early teens to adults.

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Gorgeous word pictures!

This is classic story retold within a new context of time and place. Magic and mysticism play counterpoint to heartbreaking naturalism. There are many places where the prose borders on poetry!