What I’m Reading: The Snow Child

9 Nov

The Snow ChildThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never has the Alaskan winter been portrayed so warmly as it is in The Snow Child, a fairy tale-cum-survival story that manages to be both sweepingly epic and cozily self-contained. Mabel and Jack’s faltering marriage is typical without being stereotypical, and there are just enough other characters moving at the periphery to keep the story interesting without being cluttered. Faina, the child of the title, remains as maddeningly mysterious at the end as she was on page one. The reader thus concludes the real story was not where she came from or what she really was, but the effect she had on the people around her. If you can stand a little frustration of the what-the-heck? variety, sip (or gulp) this book like you would a cup of chocolate on a cold day.

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