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techeditor, April 18, 2012 (view all comments by techeditor)
THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey doesn’t live up to the many reviews of it that I read. It is simply a retelling of a Russian fairy tale.

But I would think that, in doing so, the author would have filled in the blanks, i.e., she would have made the tale seem more realistic by showing how the unrealistic might really have happened. And she does seem to be trying to do that. But the reader still needs a willing suspension of disbelief. The book is full of unanswered questions.

I knew THE SNOW CHILD was based on a fairy tale. I learned that that’s not all�"-it IS a fairy tale.
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rich from cataumet ma, February 22, 2012 (view all comments by rich from cataumet ma)
The Snow Child is beautifully balanced between its realistic portrayal of a homesteading couple in Alaska, battling the elements and the loneliness of the northern frontier, and its wonderfully mysterious tale of the snow child. I was unfamiliar with the folk tale, but that didn't matter. I read through with a combination of wonder, expectation, and the question "Who (or what) is this girl Faina?" A great read!
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ISBN:
9780316175678
Author:
Ivey, Eowyn
Publisher:
Reagan Arthur Books
Author:
Manilla, Marie
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Literary
Subject:
Loneliness; Desperation; Wilderness areas; Life changes; Metaphysics; Fairy tales
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Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
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8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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Product details 400 pages Reagan Arthur Books - English 9780316175678 Reviews:
"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."
"Synopsis" by , With its irresistible and irreverent blend of Southern Gothic and Sicilian "malocchio," a lush, exuberant tale of a reluctant saint, her unforgettable family, and the myriad difficulties (some real, some imagined) we all face when it comes to loving and being loved.

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Born in Sweetwater, West Virginia, with a mop of flaming red hair and a map of the world rendered in port-wine stains on every surface of her body, Garnet Ferrari is used to being an outcast. With her sharp tongue, she has always known how to defend herself against bullies and aggressors, but she finds she is less adept at fending off the pilgrims who have set up a veritable tent city outside her hilltop home, convinced that she is Saint Garnet, healer of skin ailments and maker of miracles.

Her grandmother, the indelible Nonna Diamante, believes that Garnets mystical gift can be traced back to the familys origins in the Nebrodi Mountains of Sicily, and now the Vatican has sent an emissary to Sweetwater to investigate. Garnet, wanting nothing more than to debunk this “gift” and send these desperate souls packing, reaches back into her familys tangled past and unspools for the Church a tale of love triangles on the shores of the Messina Strait; a sad, beautiful maidens gilded-cage childhood in blueblood Virginia; and the angelic, doomed boy Garnet could not protect.

Saint or not, Garnet learns that the line between reality and myth is always blurred, and that the aspects of ourselves we are most ashamed of can prove to be the source of our greatest strength, and even our salvation.

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