March 2013 Book Pick: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

SnowChildThank you to everyone who listened to our last podcast! Let us know if you think we missed the mark on Linden MacIntyre’s book. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on itunes – search for writereads (all one word) in your itunes store. Oh, and in the last podcast, we both realized how few female authors were on our Top 10 lists, so Tania has been inspired to read a ton of female authors in the next little while. Check out the last podcast, or this blog post, for the list of the authors she’s checking out(starts with The Vanishers, ends with The Love Monster).

On to the news. We’re very excited about our next book pick, not just because we think it will be an awesome book, but because we’ll have our first guest on the show! Rianne Nicolai is the manager of a college bookstore and she’ll be joining us to discuss The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. The story takes place in Alaska and is about what happens when a childless couple builds a snow child and that child appears to comes to life. Weirdly, it came out at around the same time as the children’s movie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and I remember one of our co-workers joking that this book was the darker, snowier version of that story.

-From the goodreads page:
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they 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 glimpse a young, 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 somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

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