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Who has read The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey?

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I just finished this book today and I loved it!  It's set in the Alaskan territory of 1920.  It's the story of a middle aged couple that went to Alaska to try and escape the sadness of having a stillborn child years before.  The woman in this story is so depressed and had thought that by going to Alaska it would give them a new lease on life.  However, the harshness of trying to survive on the Alaskan frontier proved to be more than she bargained for.  She and her husband were drifting far apart and everything was desolate.  Then one day, in a rare show of playfulness, she and her husband played in the snow and made a snowman, then decided to turn it into a snow child, a girl,  putting mittens and a coat on her, straw for hair, and sculpting the face in a beautiful little girl.  However, the next day, the snow child was gone, along with the coat and mittens, and nothing to show but foot prints walking away into the woods.

I'll stop at that, but if that's not enough to make you want to read more, than I don't know what, lol!  It is beautifully written by a woman that was born and raised and still lives in Alaska. It's her first novel.  You will feel the cold of Alaska and experience the land and everything in it in wonderful detail.

I loved this book.  However it has sadness and desolateness in it, but is also filled with many wonderful things including hope.

Wear your coat!
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The Snow Child has been on my Amazon Wish List for a while now. I enjoy tales set in Alaska, love the cover, and the story sounds intriguing!

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The book trailer video is beautiful:

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I'm reading this one at the moment. I'm just over halfway through, and am loving it. Simply exquisite writing, with a wonderful sense of place and beautifully drawn characters. I really don't know how it will end, but I'm desperately hoping for a happy ending.

I must say that it's an excellent read in uncomfortably hot weather!

Wonderful book - was my choice as my favorite book in 2012. At first -
I was very depressed at the end but once I thought about it - that was the only way it could have ended.
The writing was magical.. felt like you were there. And this is apparently her first book.. wow...
I read this in early December and loved it. Very beautiful imagery and writing, and a good story.
Anyone else read it?  After I read it, I bought the paperback for my mother and she loved it.  It's one of those books you can not forget....for me.
I'm about 50% into it at the moment & loving it.  :)
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