I still think about this book a year after reading it. I absolutely loved it!
A folktale is re-imagined as taking place in Alaska during the 1920's. A childless couple is struggling to survive as homesteaders there. Mabel, the wife, is so despondent at the beginning of the book that she ponders going down to the river and allowing herself to fall in. Jack, her husband, focuses on the enormous amount of work it is taking him to clear the land, plant crops, and eke out a living. Hope seems lost to them until some neighbors reach out to help them. One night, feeling unusually light-hearted, they construct a snow person which they decide to make into the image of a little girl. The next day the scarf they had put on the snow figure is gone, and Jack catches a glimpse of an impish child running through the woods. They both begin to see the girl, often accompanied by a red fox, who seems perfectly at home in the Alaskan wilderness. This girl becomes their new obsession, and she will forever change their lives.
I enjoyed this story a lot, the Alaskan setting was new to me and I enjoyed learning more about life there. The story has a mystical quality to it and at the end I wasn't quite sure how to explain it all. Our book discussion group enjoyed hashing over this element and we didn't all agree but we enjoyed the story and were captivated by the characters in it. Definitely a good read - especially on a cold winter's day.
This book was absolutely enchanting, well deserving of being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. I got lost in the full senses immersion of the Northern wideness of Alaska. Reminiscent of Jack London's work, but with a fresh gentle breath. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and will be purchasing a copy for my home collection, which I almost never do. Can not recommend enough.
I usually really like historical fiction, but I found this book to be pretty boring. I did like the magical aspects, but not enough to impress me.
Beautiful prose. The writing takes you to 1920s Alaskan wilderness. HIstorical fiction and magical realism are two of my favorite genres, and this novel has both. Loved it!
This was a beautiful story...loved every second of reading it. One of my favorite books of all time. I will buy a copy for myself from Amazon so I can read again and again.
A magical wintery tale that keeps the reader guessing about what is real and what is fantasy.
I loved this book.
A tale from all the cultures that live half the year in the dark and cold, this one from Northern Alaska. Mable and Jack, an older couple who left their life and families in the East to make a new life after losing their only child. Mable's walk across the frozen river was haunting and their Snow Child as a nether world character. Very well written and excellent read.
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