Sunday, May 24, 2015

Book Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Fiction.  I read this because it is on the CLPL fiction book club list (November 2015) and I was catching up on the ones I cannot go to in-person.  This one is a little different than your average book, it has a touch of fairy tale to it, and requires a nice suspension of disbelief, but it is worth it.

A couple (Jack and Mabel) who live out in the Alaskan wilderness in 1920, and who are childless, decide one night to have some fun after another day of hard living, and create a snowman, rather a snow child.  The next day the sculpture in snow is gone, but Mabel soon starts to see a beautiful young girl scampering around out in the woods accompanied by a red fox.  Eventually the two start to talk, and Mabel comes to learn the girl calls herself Faina, and she seems to survive out in the harsh Alaskan winter all by herself.

I don't want to say too much and ruin it, but the girl starts to come by for dinners, she is always too hot inside the cabin when she is out of the snow, you do eventually learn something about her father, and one day there is something involving a marriage and another child.

I recommend this if you like watching shows and hearing about Alaska, if you like folk tales and fairy tales that are updated to more modern times and places, and if you want a little magic with your novel.  It is an intriguing but lighthearted read.

And so it goes...

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