The Snow Child (by Eowyn Ivey) book discussion

March is "New Authors/First Publications (of lesser known authors)":

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey ~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. (419 pages)


discussion leader(s); Amy "the book thief" Julian and Jaimee "dog-eared pages" Watts

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  • Marc B.

    I haven't read this book, but I would like to attend just to see how these meetings go. I'm an avid reader that has never been to a book discussion. Sounds exciting!

    1 · March 25, 2014

    • jaimee

      Tinkers by Paul Harding. April 29th at 730p. Beth is working on the location.

      March 26, 2014

    • Marc B.

      Alright. I'll do my best to get out there. Thanks for the info

      March 26, 2014

  • Lisa

    Really congenial, lively group. I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion.

    2 · March 26, 2014

  • jaimee

    Dang...I wish they let you highlight 6 stars, because this meeting was one of my favorites ever. Amazing discussion. Everyone made it way too easy on Amy and I. The comments and thoughts just came so naturally from everyone, it never felt like we had to supply a question or a discussion topic. A lot of new faces, very cool! Hope you all enjoyed The Looking GLass. The back room was perfect for us I thought, although I do miss the big couches they used to have back there. We had some great feedback for book suggestions and I hope to post the survey monkey by the end of the week. There will be no JUNE options since we had member chose that month's selection and ....drum roll...MARGIE's name was picked (from the fancy wine glass of names) Her book choice will be revealed after the survey has closed and the other months are announced....but from hearing the books she had in mind, I am already excited!!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Beth L

    How will you do on the BBC book challenge?
    http://www.listchallenges.com/kaunismina-bbc-6-books-challenge?ref=share

    I'm excited for this month's discussion! Remember to email or bring your ideas for the upcoming book themes (see below) :)

    2 · March 16, 2014

    • Lavina

      I had 25, but probably not fair because I have taught a lot of these :-).

      2 · March 20, 2014

    • Lea C.

      I've definitely seen more of the movies. ..that's all I'm saying.

      1 · March 20, 2014

  • Lea C.

    I really like this little story so far, but I'm only halfway through! Hope I finish it by Tuesday!

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • jaimee

      you will. now that you are in the thick of it, it will go fast.

      1 · March 20, 2014

  • jaimee

    I just finished the book yesterday, and I can say once you start reading it you will get through it real fast. It is very good. IF you haven't started it yet and you are worried about finishing it in time, don't be...and this is from the girl who doesn't finish the book on time pretty regularly. :)

    March 17, 2014

    • Lauren S

      Good to know, Jaimee! I was getting a little worried... but will dive in this weekend, whoo!

      1 · March 17, 2014

  • jaimee

    For this meeting, please bring your book suggestions for May, June and July...and be ready to give your input on which books make it onto surveymonkey!

    May; Shelved selections- suggestions made during previous meetings that didn’t get picked

    June; BOOK CLUB MEMBER’s pick- someone’s name will be drawn at random and they choose the book...please bring suggestions on how we can pick the person ;)

    July; short stories/collections

    January 22, 2014

    • D.K. N.

      Here's a reminder of some of the books that we shelved recently in the last survey monkey: A Thousand Splendid Suns, We Need New Names, A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon, Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Life of Pi, Let the Great World Spin, Salvage the Bones

      March 17, 2014

    • jaimee

      great! I got a few names from shelved books in October too. Can anyone remember further back??

      March 17, 2014

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