Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Snow Child...R&G!

I just finished reading one a most beautifully written book...The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.  Here is the scoop on this book that even Oprah herself has on her reading list for this month...


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.

Wow....this book was breathtaking.  First of all, Ivey paints a vivid and realistic portrait of what it must have been like living in the harsh, unforgiving, Alaskan wilderness.  She was so descriptive that I literally felt myself transported by her words.  The story itself is beautiful....the characters are rich and I was immediately drawn to Jack and Mabel.  I wanted hapiness for them!  The story is lovely and you will NOT want to put this book down.  This is a book I wanted to reread the moment I was through wih it.  Eowyn Ivey is a true talent and an author you will want to follow.  The Snow Child is a story that will stay with you long after the last page is finsihed.  Pick up your copy today on Amazon....

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57 comments:

Ryan said...

I learned that the author was named after a character from Lord of the Rings!

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susan1215 said...

The Snow Child is her debut novel.

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Anonymous said...

The Snow Child is informed by
Eowyn's life in Alaska
Cathy Truman
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Shelley P said...

I learned prior to the authhor's career as a bookseller and novelist, Eowyn worked for nearly a decade as an award-winning reporter at the Frontiersman newspaper.

Shelley P said...

I entered I Hert Minnie.

Shelley P said...

oops.....that should be Heart Minnie : )

EMMAHORTON said...

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Their primary source of home heat is a woodstove, and they harvest and cut their own wood

ani hearts japan said...

She has a BA in journalism and creative writing.

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Nina C said...

She is a founding member of Alaska's first statewide writing center.

Sunnyvale said...

she was raised in Alaska

Lori Hart said...

She was raised in Alaska and still lives there

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tavernie said...

She was raised in Alaska and still lives there with husband and her 2 daughters.

kswederski said...

This is her first novel.

tatertot374 said...

This was her first novel which is really tremendous.
thank you
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Hoa said...

I learned that she earned her BA in journalism and creative writing through Western Washington University's honors program and studied creative nonfiction in University of Alaska Anchorage's graduate program.

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rubynreba said...

Her husband is a fishery biologist with the State of Alaska.
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rubynreba said...

Entered Purex giveaway.
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Carl said...

I Googled Fireside Books where the author works and checked out Palmer, Alaska. It looks like a really scenic place.

katklaw777 said...

I learned that Her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings...cool!

katklaw777 said...

entered How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm (2 winners)

ape2016 said...

She lives in Alaska and she works at Fireside Books.

mrsshukra said...

The Snow Child is the author's debut novel.

mrsshukra said...

Entered How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm giveaway!

Mj Heckert said...

I learned that she studied creative nonfiction in University of Alaska Anchorage's graduate program.

Miranda H

Mj Heckert said...

I entered The Pepe Le Pew Collection

Miranda H

tree said...

i love that her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. (that's what i learned!)
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Robin said...

She got her bachelors degree in journalism and creative writing at Western Washington Univ, which is where one of my son's is probably going in the fall
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Robin said...

entered all the flowers in shanghai
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Hifam said...

Wow! I love how her family lives off the land. My brother lives in a little village in Alaska. I'd love to have this book. Thanks!
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Caryn said...

I learned that this is her first book

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Tamar said...

tam s -

i learned that she's western ;-) she went to school in Washington and Alaska! cool.

daivabaum said...

I've learned that she lives in Alaska

Jessica said...

I learned that The Snow Child is her debut novel!

Jessica said...

I learned that The Snow Child is her debut novel!

Hifam said...

I commented on the "Brave" post.

Debbie Kennedy said...

I learned that they don't have a well and live outside any public water system
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kat said...

I learned that The Snow Child is informed by Eowyn's life in Alaska. I bet it is a wonderful book!
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Shannon said...

As a family they hunt caribou, moose, and bear for meat!

Brittany Boardley Renaldi said...

I learned that this is her first novel.

Liese2 said...

I learned that she worked at the Frontiersman newspaper for nearly 10 years.
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Anonymous said...

This is her debut novel!

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Mercedes said...

I learned that she hunts moose for meat.

Marija said...

I learned this is her first novel.

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deanna said...

learned: Her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
xoxoxo

Lana Bradstream said...

She was named after the Lord of the Rings character.

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melissa said...

she is living a subsistence lifestyle in alaska
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Summer said...

I learned she lives in Alaska. I envy her :-)

Diana said...

I learned the author lives in Alaska
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Barbara said...

I learned that she was raised in Alaska.

Emily said...

She was raised in Alaska

lisa said...

she was raised in Alaska

Karen said...

She is named for a character in Lord of the Rings. Thanks for the giveaway.

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kirstensapphire said...

I learned Eowyn's weekly articles about her outdoor adventures earned her the Best Non Daily Columnist award from the Alaska Press Club.

Beth said...

As a family, they harvest salmon and wild berries, keep a vegetable garden, turkeys and chickens, and they hunt caribou, moose, and bear for meat.

bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

jadavis said...

Eowyn (pronounced A-o-win) LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there
Jadavis42@students.tntech.edu

Jennifer said...

Her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

Gale said...

I learned the author was raised in Alaska.