The Snow Child go inside Books when i was about one hundred pages from the end of this book i tugged on greg s sleeve at work and said is this gonna end sad and he refused to answer i thi
The Snow Child go inside Books when i was about one hundred pages from the end of this book, i tugged on greg's sleeve at work, and said, "is this gonna end sad??"and he refused to answer.i think that was a good impulse.because i almost don't wanna review this. this book was such a beautiful journey, and taking place as it does over a number of years, there are naturally high and low points, emotionally. but i'm not going to tell you how it ends up.i will tell you that i VERY NEARLY CRIED early on. like page 42-early.i misted, but nothing tumbled out.that is a big deal for me, and from that point on, i was hooked.i suppose i can give you some brief descriptions, for those of you who strangely don't see the cover and instantly think "must. read."jack and mabel are a couple who married late(r) in life than typical for the 1920's, suffered a miscarriage, and move to alaska to try their hand at homesteading, as a way of isolating themselves from the constant reminder of their loss, their friends and families with their healthy children, and the sorrow hanging over them. now in their fifties, the idea was that the solitude would heal them, and together, they would build a new life and cleave together with a love stronger than ever.this didn't exactly pan out, and each of them descends into their own private griefs and the hardships the brutal carelessness of nature presents, and their own inability to communicate further isolates them from any potential for healing.until one night, when an unexpected levity descends upon them, and they build a snow child together, dressing her in a hat and mittens that they have, and carving the face of a beautiful girl upon her.the next morning, the snow child, and the clothing, are gone, and there are faint footprints leading away from where the snow child was built.soon, they start seeing glimpses of a little girl in the woods in the company of a red fox. fleeting, shy, wild.is this the snow child come to life? is it all a coincidence?? is there magic afoot? is it simply grief-fueled madness? cabin fever? any other explanation?with the help of their neighbors; including the amazingly plainspoken and badass character of esther, and their elusive snow child, their solitude will lessen, and these questions will be answered, while a beautiful story unfolds. this book may be based on a fairy tale, but there is no easy magical deus ex machina at work here.the bulk of the book is about survival - whether it be survival from poverty and lack, or from loneliness and loss. it is about the bonds of family, however "family" is necessarily redefined through circumstances,and the painful sacrifices we make for love.it is a beautiful and mature debut novel, and although i read the ARC, i am definitely going to buy the book when it comes out, because this one is a keeper.anything else i could say would ruin it. trust me.. Alaska, 1920 a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel Childless, they are drifting apart he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm she crumbling from loneliness and despair In a moment of levity during the season s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow The next morning the snow child is gone but theyAlaska, 1920 a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel Childless, they are drifting apart he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm she crumbling from loneliness and despair In a moment of levity during the season s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow The next morning the snow child is gone but they glimpse a young, blonde haired girl running through the trees This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter But in this beautiful, violent place, things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.. A viral Ebook The Snow Child I put off reading The Snow Child because it wasn't something I would have chosen for myself without the extremely positive reviews of other goodreads members. If it is not obvious to you from the description alone, then this book is not mostly plot-driven. It's charm is upheld by the characters, the relationships, and the sad, cold mood that seems to permeate the entire novel from open to close. It is the kind of novel that I sometimes have trouble with, the kind not concerned with action or drama, but more subdued and subtle. However, I was fortunate in that the characters held my attention throughout and the relationship between Mabel and Jack carried something simultaneously heart-warming and bittersweet that really spoke to me.Mabel and Jack are an aging couple that have escaped from their previous reality into the Alaskan wilderness. They struggle to get by with Jack trying desperately to turn the old farm where they live into something that can support them through the harsh winters. But they are also struggling with something that runs much deeper: their childlessness and the memory of the stillborn baby that continues to drive them apart. I loved the relationship between the pair, the way they often felt distanced from one another but still relied on each other for support. It was heart-breaking to picture them sat at their table feeling the absence of a child and unable to discuss it.There's something about this novel that is just plain sad. Even when nothing particularly sad seems to be happening. It's a tone that the story never shakes and perhaps it is something to do with the description of the freezing and isolated environment that made me feel like I should prepare to burst into tears at any second. I can't say for sure whether this book was supposed to be a lesson in how you cannot run away from your problems, or how bottling things up and shutting people out never works, but I can say that I took a little bit of all of this from the story.Onto the snow child herself. It could have been an intentional move on the author's part, but I felt constantly distanced from her character; I felt perhaps she was a tool by which the main players' (Mabel and Jack) could be analysed and allowed to grow and develop. This is not so much a criticism as an observation. If you aren't aware of the basic plot outline, Mabel and Jack create a child out of the snow on a winter's night and discover the creation gone the next morning with a single trail of footsteps leading away from where it had stood. Then suddenly they start to spot a young girl roaming the woods, one who is identical to their snow sculpture and they see it as an opportunity to maybe finally have the child they always wanted.I had been all set to give this book five stars, I really had. The writing is beautiful, the characters interesting, and the relationships touching... but the ending was disappointing. For me, it seemed like an unsatisfactory "is that it, then?" kind of ending that left me expecting some kind of twist from the epilogue that wasn't forthcoming. It wasn't enough to make me change my mind about the rest of the story and I would still highly recommend this book, but it was quite a large fault in an otherwise near-perfect novel.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey THE SNOW CHILD by EOWYN IVEY is a wonderful, heartwarming, sad, and beautifully told bewitching tale based on a Russian fairytale titled Snegurochka, The Snow Maiden a girl who is believed to be half human and half made of snow. The Snow Child A Novel Ivey, Eowyn THE SNOW CHILD is a vivid story of isolation and hope on the Alaska frontier, a narrative of struggle with the elements and the elemental conflict between one s inner demons and dreams, and the miracle of human connection and community in a spectacular, dangerous world. The Snow Child A Novel Pulitzer Prize in Letters THE SNOW CHILD is a vivid story of isolation and hope on the Alaska frontier, a narrative of struggle with the elements and the elemental conflict between one s inner demons and dreams, and the miracle of human connection and community in a spectacular, dangerous world. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, Paperback Barnes Noble Nov , The Snow Child is an extraordinary fairy tale for grown ups Set in s Alaska, this fascinating story follows Jack and Mabel s new move to a remote Alaskan wilderness homestead While the childless couple struggle with the harsh elements of the Alaskan dark winters, solitude and the physical labors of farming, something magical happens. The Snow Child The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey Nov , In Eowyn Ivey s magical debut novel The Snow Child, a couple creates a child out of snow When she appears on their doorstep as a little girl, wild and secretive, their lives are changed forever Alaska, a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for a couple who have never been able to conceive.