The Snow Child

A Novel

Ivey, Eowyn

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Snow Child
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.--From Amazon.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0316175676
Characteristics: 389 p. ;,22 cm.


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Mar 03, 2015

What a lovely book. Somehow, everything was real, the snow, the trees, the characters.. you could practically smell the air. The simple truths of living in a challenging land were beautifully presented. Highly recommend reading this book.

Jan 17, 2015
  • Cassini_s_Home rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enchanting. The perfect read for a winter weekend.

Jan 05, 2015
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really liked reading this book. Eowyn Ivey's writing style is like reading poetry when she describes the Alaskan land and weather. It made me really want to go there. Also, the main characters, Jack and Mabel, are easy to relate to and sympathize with. I liked them a lot. I had never heard of the fairy tale of the Snow Child before reading this book. Faina reminds me a lot of Elsa but I think this book came out before the movie Frozen. I recommend it for older teens and adults who like real-life stories with a bit of the fantastic in them.

Oct 22, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The writing in this book is sweet, soft, lush, and occasionally brutal—just like the snow blanketing the winter in this story and the mysterious girl child found living in it.

Aug 25, 2014
  • Septemberly rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I fell in love with the characters. The author made it easy for me to feel their sadness and their joy. I understood their plights and the hardships of what homesteading in Alaska must have been like so many years ago. I enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.

Jun 20, 2014
  • sasie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Just a lovely story. I didn't want it to end.

Jun 13, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
In 1920s Alaska, a childless couple builds a girl made of snow who seemingly comes to life.
- Selection Team

May 20, 2014
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A simple touching story, beautifully told. I can't remember the last time I cared this much about the characters of a book. This will always be one of my favourites

Dec 09, 2013
  • JCLJanineM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This DeSoto Book Group selection for December stirred some good discussion. It's a remarkably honest look at family and marriage through the eyes of a middleaged couple determined to homestead in the Alaskan wilderness. A marvelous marriage of folk tale and true-to-life fiction that captures the nuances of those who head north for Alaska and stay to make a life.

Dec 05, 2013

LOVED THIS BOOK! Such a great book to read in the winter. Grab a cup of tea and let yourself be immersed into this wintery tale. So lovely...

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