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The Snow Child
 
 
Author
Eowyn Ivey.
Publisher Reagan Arthur Books  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780316175661
Pages/Publication Date 391/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29452
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Alaska in 1920 is a brutal place to homestead, particularly for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel, and they are drifting apart under the weight of the farm work and the loneliness of their childless marriage. In a lighter moment during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning their 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 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.

"If Willa Cather and Gabriel García Márquez had collaborated on a book, The Snow Child would be it. It is a remarkable accomplishment—a combination of the most delicate, ethereal, fairytale magic and the harsh realities of homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness."—Robert Goolrick

"Magical, yes, but The Snow Child is also satisfyingly realistic in its depiction of 1920s homestead-era Alaska and the people who settled there, including an older couple bound together by resilient love. Eowyn Ivey's poignant debut novel grabbed me from the very first pages and made me wish we had more genre-defying Alaska novels like this one. Inspired by a fairy tale, it nonetheless contains more depth and truth than so many books set in this land of extremes."—Andromeda Romano-Lax

 
 
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