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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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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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