As we approach the December holidays, we would like to read a book that has snow, fancy, and yet depth. We think we have found that in the Snow Child. We would also like to have a small celebration during December's book club. If everyone would just bring a small dish we can have a nice potluck. If you know what you will bring shoot me an email and if you are unsure what to bring, please feel free to email and we'll get some coordination going.
The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey Book Description Publication Date: November 6, 2012
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.