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A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska Eowyn Iveys THE SNOW CHILD was a top ten bestseller in hardback and paperback and went on to be a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Alaska the 1920s Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead but the wilderness is a stark place and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land each is filled with wonder but also foreboding is she what she seems and can they find room in their hearts for her?Written with the clarity and vividness of the Russian fairy tale from which it takes its inspiration The Snow Child is an instant classic “The Snow Child” was a book club selection I am not sure I would have picked it up on my ownWithout getting into plot points I will just say that this novel which begins in in 1920 Alaska is a fine example of magical realism The author Eowyn Ivey does such a nice job jumping between these two elements that when she seamlessly combines them from time to time the reader finds themselves captured in its grip and not at all sure how they got thereJack and Mabel are a couple who really do love each other but not always doing a good job at it In other words they are normal in that regard They move to Alaska after losing a child and like any transplant are a fish out of water They have also not progressed with each other as they have moved past their child’s death Ms Ivey captures that sadness in a subtle and pitch perfect mannerThe author was inspired by a Russian fairy tale of the same name as this novel and what she does with it moves along at a rapid clip I read thru this book uickly The plot in and of itself was not that interesting to me which means that the characterization and sense of time and place propelled me through it And they did I was engaged in the lives of the characters Jack and Mabel and the supporting cast are people I came to enjoy knowing Ms Ivey does a lot of showing in this book almost never telling Especially in regards to the Alaskan setting The mark of someone with skillsI have not read a book in a while that I was as emotionally invested in When the joys came I shared the elation and the lows felt all too familiar as I journeyed with these people around that wheel of fate and fortune we call lifeI read a review of this text that sums up my feelings perfectly Kudos to Samantha Nelson who wrote them “But the moral is that all beautiful things are fleeting and finite and people who gain joy from experiencing them shouldn’t feel too much sorrow for their passing”Reading “The Snow Child” was like a lot of life an unexpected encounter that I took much happiness from and then it was over and the next moment begins

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The Snow Child A Novel Pulitzer Prize in Letters Fiction FinalistsA bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska Eowyn Iveys THE SNOW CHILD was a top ten bestseller in hardback and paperback and went on to be a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Alaska the 1920s Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead but the wilderness is a stark place and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land each is filled with wonder but also foreboding is she what she seems and can they find room in their hearts for her?Written with the clarity and vividness of the Russian fairy tale from which it takes its inspiration The Snow Child is an instant classic I dithered a bit when deciding on the star rating for this book I couldn’t decide between four or five starsThe writing is absolutely stunning Beautiful evocative descriptions of the cruel but awe inspiring Alaskan wilderness combine with heartfelt and touching portrayals of two lovely kind people who are frozen by the tragedy at the heart of their lives a tragedy that has driven them away from everything they know to the wilds of Alaska that sees them struggling to survive but a tragedy that they don’t speak about despite their obvious love for each otherThe writing is warm and the author’s love for her characters really comes through And l loved the way that the traditional fairy tale was woven through the narrative so cleverly that even now I’m still not sure what was real and what wasn’t And the snow child herself is exuisitely written ethereal yet capable fragile but tough her story is beautifully toldThe only let down for me was that it was a bit long winded in parts The writing is gorgeous but it still needs to be tightened in places And that’s what had me wavering But in the end I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and was at times totally immersed in the world that the author so cleverly created So it does have to be five stars

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Doc à The Snow Child ✓ A Novel Pulitzer Prize in Letters » Join or create book clubs » [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Snow Child: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Fiction Finalists) By Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A bewitching tale of heartbreaA bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska Eowyn Iveys THE SNOW CHILD was a top ten bestseller in hardback and paperback and went on to be a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Alaska the 1920s Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead but the wilderness is a stark place and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land each is filled with wonder but also foreboding is she what she seems and can they find room in their hearts for her?Written with the clarity and vividness of the Russian fairy tale from which it takes its inspiration The Snow Child is an instant classic I’m not a real fan of books with a fantasy or supernatural element I do realise that statement will be anathema to an awful lot of people However if the story is well told has wonderful characters and a superb sense of place then I too can fall in love with a story which also has a mystical or supernatural component As The Snow Child had those first three things in abundance I’m happy to say the aspect of the story which is in essence a retelling of a Russian folktale didn’t mar my enjoyment of the book overallWhether the child that appears following the construction of the snow girl by Mabel and Jack is a real girl or the snow girl come to life didn’t really become the focus of the book for me What I really fell in love with was Mabel and Jack their life together and the author’s depiction of the harsh but beautiful Alaskan landscape I really loved that we get to see a relationship between two older people and that despite the pressures of trying to eke out a living in the wilds of Alaska and their shared grief at not being blessed with a child of their own there are still moments of tenderness between them I grew fond of their idiosyncrasies such as Mabel’s habit of waiting until dinner was served before broaching a difficult subject so Jack’s beans got cold again And I loved their moments of playfulness – snowball fights making snow angels ice skating dancingThe descriptions of the landscape of Alaska were really wonderful conveying both its beauty isolation and its dangers‘The sun was setting down the river casting a cold pink hue along the white capped mountains that framed both sides of the valley Upriver the willow shrubs and gravel bars the spruce forests and low lying poplar stands swelled to the mountains in a steely blue No fields or fences homes or roads; not a single living soul as far as she could see in any direction Only wilderness It was beautiful Mabel knew but it was a beauty that ripped you open and scoured you clean so that you were left helpless and exposed if you lived at all’There many other things I enjoyed about The Snow Child•The picture of daily life•Esther and George – larger than life characters and true friends to Mabel and Jack•The sense of community and the willingness of neighbours to come together when help is needed•The sheer courage resilience and determination of pioneers like Mabel and Jack and Esther and George in attempting to carve out a living in such an unforgiving environment•The celebration of ‘indoor’ skills like preserving baking and sewing and ‘outdoor’ skills like trapping tracking foraging•The wisdom of Mabel’s sister Ada in her letters‘We are allowed to do that are we not? To invent our own endings and choose joy over sorrow?’‘In my old age I see that life itself is often fantastic and terrible than the stories we believed as children and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees’The Snow Child is a lovely book full of magical moments and deserving of the praise it has received