Meet the Candidate — “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey

This week we will be focusing on The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Here’s the trailer for the book to get you in the mood:

And, here’s a summary from the Eowyn Ivey’s website:

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, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for a couple who have never been able to conceive. Jack and Mabel 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 catch sight of an elusive, 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 leaves blizzards in her wake. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who seems to have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in the Alaska wilderness, life and death are inextricable, and what they eventually learn about Faina changes their lives forever.

Eowyn was inspired to write the novel after she discovered the classic Russian fairy tale of the snow maiden. She was shelving books in the children’s section of Fireside Books when she happened across a copy of Freya Littledale’s retelling of the fairy tale with illustrations by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee. The story haunted Eowyn with its loneliness and magic in a landscape so similar to the one she grew up in. She spent the next few months researching the original tale, and depictions of it in Russian art work, before she began writing.

If you would like to try a taste of the story, try this excerpt from Biblio-Files.

And to round things out, here are some reviews to help you decide if The Snow Child should be the next One Book.

From The Washington PostEowyn Ivey’s ‘The Snow Child’ Gives Fairy Tale New Life
From The Huffington Post: The Snow Child
From The Guardian: This Magical Tale of the Alaskan frontier is Refreshingly Ungilded
Susan Rife of The Herald Tribune reviews the audio edition: ‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey is a Magical Tale

 

 

 

 

 

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