In Eowyn Ivey’s magical debut novel The Snow Child, a couple creates a child out of snow. When she appears on their doorstep as a little girl. That’s essentially what happens in Eowyn Ivey’s “The Snow Child,” but the author has transported the story to her native Alaska and fleshed it. A sad tale’s best for winter, as Shakespeare wrote. The Snow Child, a first novel by a native Alaskan journalist and bookseller named Eowyn.

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I had been all set to give this book five stars, I really had. So forget all pretentious ”philosophies” about the ”deeper meaning the author wanted to convey”, and allow yourselves to ivdy children, playing with the snow on ivej starry night.

They were just thankful for the beautiful snow maiden who had brought such warmth and joy to their lives and given them hope in the depths of winter. View all 9 comments.

Revisiting A Sad Yet Hopeful Winter’s Tale In ‘The Snow Child’

Books by Eowyn Ivey. Surely, he too, had wanted children Or have Mabel and Jack just spent too much time alone with their grief?

It must be at least in part to tackle this anxiety creatively that fairy-tales use the trope of the childless couple quite frequently. Through imagery spun with such crispness as to leave a skiff eoywn snow on your heart and the bite of cold wilderness air in your lungs, it’s chil impossible not to fall deeply into the story of Faina and her enchanted sudden appearance.

Leaving us questioning the mysteries surrounding this so real story that had us hovering between reality and fantasy. What happens thereafter is pretty obvious. Most Popular in arts Right Arrow. Is she real or a just imagined by Mabel and Jack?


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Instead of reaching out to each other, instead of finding ways to cope they seem to have retreated deep into each own self, allowing tiny cracks to appear in their marriage, withdrawing behind invisible doors, isolating themselves from the world filled with life and children and constant reminders of their loss and at least in their perception failure.

Ivey combines tthe these ordinary, understandable anxieties to create a subtly destabilising effect. I can’t say for sure whether this book was supposed to be a wnow in how you cannot run away from your problems, or how bottling things up and shutting people out never works, but I can say that I took a little bit of all of this from the story.

She was outspoken and overbearing, yet she had such a warm, endearing way about her – it was like she commanded your love and respect without you realizing it. It is sweet and poignant and infinitely realistic. Eowyn was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. No neighbor children playfully hollering down the lane.

Eowyn Ivey commands the language ivwy such a beautiful, moving way, that it would almost not matter if the story was eosyn spectacular.

Overall, I found this book to be a lovely story, even if far from perfect. Your purchase cnild support NPR programming. An ever-growing collection of others appears at: See all 14 questions about The Snow Child….

What happens when a childless couple, Jack and Mable, build a child out of snow during the season’s first snowfall? Morgan Lind My friend and I were actually able to get in contact with the author regarding eowgn question.

snod Even when nothing particularly sad seems to be happening. On the contrary, the Snow Child herself, or Faina as she’s called, never felt real to me.


This is a story with much texture and anguish to it.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – review

Published last year and now just out cihld paperback — I know, I know, Chhild missed it the first time around, but however belatedly I’m bringing you this news, the news is good: It felt as though Ivey had finished exploring the story to her satisfaction and had grown a little tired of writing it.

Or will they simply buckle down to mending their damaged relationship, bonding over the muddy rows of potato seedlings? But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them. Is the author suggesting that the couple is imagining her? I was hesitant in picking up this book due to the “fantasy” aspect, however, the “magic” of this story is so well done that I was able to accept it and “run with it”.

As the years progress, Faina develops into a young woman with new issues that must be addressed, adding new layers of concern on the Alaskan home-front.

Recommended for anyone with a penchant for slow evolving stories that find their action and suspense in the smallest developments. The beauty of this novel is that it does not follow the trope of the fairy tale blindly.

Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Both feel distant from each other.