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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 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.

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The Snow Child: A Novel
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4.4 / 5
The Snow Child
November 25th, 2015
I don't know what I expected from the title and the few short reviews that I read, but whatever it was—my expectations were surprisingly and satisfyingly exceeded. The characters the drew me in immediately were all in pain with little hope of change as things were. Two were homesteading in Alaska to run and hide from their pain, each one aching to reach out to the other, yet unable to acknowledge the others pain. They are sadly trapped in their solitary suffering. The third character is the son of a neighboring couple who had been in Alaska for quite a while. His ache is his difference from the others in his family and community. He dwells in his solitude by his own choice. The couple, Mabel and Jack are blessed by the magical appearance of the snow child, Faina. She appears in a surprising manner and the love she taps into from this trio causes change within all of them. Deep and life-altering changes for all three and change brings healing. Set deep within the Alaskan wilderness, the setting itself becomes an engaging characterization. Your minds eye sees the snow, the river, the wildlife and the daily struggle to survive the harsh, turbulent and beautiful land. Indifference becomes acceptance and acceptance becomes love. Life and death are a regular part of life for the pioneers settling in the wilderness. It is explored deeply by Ms. Ivey. Our emotions are tied to and tried by this deep exploration of the book ends of life: birth, living and dying. Par excellence!
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Good read
May 15th, 2015
This was a good read, but the story was drawn out a lil too long. Still recommend it thought! It was cute.
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Cute!
April 4th, 2015
This story is awmazing you can,t Stop reading ever it caches your eyes this book becomes your best friend!
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a lovely story
April 4th, 2015
I thought it was a bit slow at the beginning, but the more I read , the more I wanted to read. I could not wait to see what happened next.
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The Snow Child
May 17th, 2013
What a lovely story. I feel like reading it all over again.
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Snow Child
April 19th, 2013
I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book but I discovered I couldn't put it down. The author kept me going back and forth in suspense trying to guess what would happen. It is a story that covers the gamut of emotions set back around the 1920's which I found a refreshing change of pace. Really enjoyed it.
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Fairy tale-like story
January 23rd, 2013
Beautiful story of a woman's sadness and joy in Alaska. Her childhood fairy tale keeps her hope alive.
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Snow Child
January 18th, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from start to finish. I could hardly put it dow
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