The Snow Child

The Snow Child

Hardback Thorndike Press Large Print Historical Fiction

By (author) Eowyn Ivey

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  • Publisher: Thorndike Press
  • Format: Hardback | 541 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 222mm x 30mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 20 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Waterville, ME
  • ISBN 10: 1410447359
  • ISBN 13: 9781410447357
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition
  • Sales rank: 1,737,685

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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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"THE SNOW CHILD is a vivid story of isolation and hope on the Alaska frontier, a narrative of struggle with the elements and the elemental conflict between one's inner demons and dreams, and the miracle of human connection and community in a spectacular, dangerous world. You will not soon forget this story of learning to accept the gifts that fate and love can bring."--Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek