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ISBN13: 9780316175661
ISBN10: 0316175668
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Joanne Haley, May 27, 2014 (view all comments by Joanne Haley)
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by an author I'll be looking forward to her next. It's somewhat of an enhanced glimpse of reality that left me with a feeling of not caring that it couldn't all be true. I loved the vagueness of it. The setting in the harsh landscape with chilling Alaskan winters mixed with the idea a young girl could thrive and make a wonderful life for herself in the forest is such a unique premise for a story it made the story enchanting to read. I loved the characters with their sensitive yet strong natures and the trials they went through. I wanted to move in with them and experience the simple pleasures and relationship with their "snow child". I've never read a book quite like this - it was such a good read!
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writermala, June 7, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
What a poignant tale. "The Snow Child," tells the story of Mabel and Jack who move to Alaska to run away from the grief of losing a child. This is the beginning of a fairy tale like magical book which has to be read to be understood. The magic of their surroundings creates a magic for Jack and Mabel but with this magic comes loss too. The story moves along with twisst and turns which grip the reader and one is kept turning pages till the very end.
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drjanice, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by drjanice)
I have always believed in wonder and magic and The Snow Child has reaffirmed my sentiment. It is a story of love, what we consider our family, and the trials that this love and family may bring about in our lives. It brought an enchantment into my life while reading this lovely tale and I was sorry that it had to end.
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couvegirl, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by couvegirl)
Ms. Ivey uses authentic and enchanting words in this very heartwarming story
So proud of her as this is her first novel!!
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jess melgey, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by jess melgey)
The sort of book I didn't want to end; when it did I hugged it to my chest and smiled with gratitude. Beautiful story and gorgeous, flowing prose. So well done.
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In the 1920s, married couple Jack and Mabel leave their home in Pennsylvania and travel to Alaska to homestead a farm. Still grieving the loss of their stillborn child years before, Jack and Mabel are faced with the inhospitable land and deadly weather of Alaska. Their marriage begins to unravel; Mable feels lost and alone, while Jack struggles under the unrelenting workload. In a rare moment of levity, on the night of the first snowfall, Jack and Mabel sculpt a snow child. The next morning they discover the statue destroyed and find footsteps leading away from the wreckage, but none to it. They slowly begin to realize just what they have set in motion, and both are terrified, yet hopeful, for the outcome. Both lyrical and magical, The Snow Child is a haunting, bittersweet, lovely read.

"Review" by , "A fluid, absorbing, beautifully executed debut novel; highly recommended."
"Review" by , "If Willa Cather and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had collaborated on a book, The Snow Child would be it. It is a remarkable accomplishment — a combination of the most delicate, ethereal, fairytale magic and the harsh realities of homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness in 1918. Stunningly conceived, beautifully told, this story has the intricate fragility of a snowflake and the natural honesty of the dirt beneath your feet, the unnerving reality of a dream in the night. It fascinates, it touches the heart. It gallops along even as it takes time to pause at the wonder of life and the world in which we live. And it will stir you up and stay with you for a long, long time."
"Review" by , "The Snow Child is enchanting from beginning to end. Ivey breathes life into an old tale and makes it as fresh as the season' s first snow. Simply lovely."
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