Title: The Snow Child
Author: Eowyn Ivey
Publisher: Headline Review
“𝘐𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘨𝘦, 𝘐 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘪𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮 𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘴.”⠀
After finishing The Great Alone, I felt I wanted more of Alaska. And then I remembered having The Snow Child on my tbr shelf. I approached it cautiously, cause by the synopsis it was something different than my usual reads. But, it was Alaska, it was wintery. What more could I ask?
And let me just tell you: wow wow wow. What a book. Its magical. Its captivating. It has elements of a fairy tale, it has almost unreal descriptions of Alaskan wilderness, and a deep insight into what loneliness and despair look like. The writing is beautiful and the characters are so real, all except Faina, who is almost unearthly. It is fascinating how the author manages to give us so many emotions and vibes in simple words: you will feel the cold winter air on your cheeks, you will sense the hurt and the pain that lives deep within Mabel and Jack, the love that grows from day to day, and Faina’s wild and wandering spirit. The only reason I brought it half a star down from 5 is that I felt it was a bit too long. ⠀
Look it up. Buy it. Read it. It the perfect winter read and it will soon become one of your favorite ones, trust me. And I will definitely look up more books by the author, because her way of describing Alaska and the way of living there is just spectacular.
My GR rating: 4.5 stars