The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn IveyThe Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child: A Novel

byEowyn Ivey

Paperback | November 6, 2012

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In this magical debut, a couple's lives are changed forever by the arrival of a little girl, wild and secretive, on their snowy doorstep

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.
Eowyn LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. She received her BA in journalism and minor in creative writing through the honors program at Western Washington University, studied creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska Anchorage graduate program, and worked for nearly 10 y...
Title:The Snow Child: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:November 6, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316175668

ISBN - 13:9780316175661


Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful almost poetic I loved this book. It was beautiful without being sickening. The main characters really tugged at your heart strings. And all you wanted was the best for them. Beautiful book and the fact that it was based on a fairy tale was very apparent Between the painful circumstances that befalls the main characters we love them anyway. great job must read.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 6/5 stars please! one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Set in Alaska, the author brings the landscape to life in her words. A true love story. Is the snow child real or imaginary? Cleverly written, similar to the book Night Circus. Survival, Snow, Love, a mystery....
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I loved this book! Based in Alaska, it tells an intriguing tale about a young child and a couple. The book eludes to Russian folktales and I found it to be different than many books I've read recently. A great read for a cold, snowy day!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great winter's novel! I really enjoyed the premise and plotting. I grew to care about the characters and enjoyed the central mystery very much. Looking for more books like this!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Snow Child I liked the way the story was intertwined with a fairytale. The setting and characters were great.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enchanting beginning; ending falls flat Eowyn Ivey definitely has a way with words. In terms of storyline there doesn't seem to be much there (at least to me there wasn't) yet I was enthralled by The Snow Child. It draws upon an old children's story; I really like revisionist novels, books that have a different take on stories we all already know so well. However as the book went on it lost a lot of its magic. Everything seemed to stumble out of control and I think Ivey lost sight of the vision she had for this novel. She had a beautiful novel, but totally botched the ending (along with some of the story even before the ending). Things took a very cliched turn. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stays With You After Your Close The Cover Ivey has a way with language. She paints a picture with carefully chosen words. I actually found myself reading this book at a slower pace than usual for me as I appreciated the language and the structure of each thought Ivey put forth in the text. I felt like I had a clear understanding of Alaska, as she presented it, and appreciated the role the landscape played in the lives of the characters. The story for me at least, is about fostering relationships and the quest to be loved and have someone to love. This is clear in the relationship between Jack & Mabel, between Mabel & Ethel, between Garret & Faina and obviously between Faina & Jack & Mabel... I found that in the days after reading this book I continued to think about Faina. As we took a trip up north and drove past wooded, snowy landscape I could picture her among the trees. She has stayed with me. Worth reading.
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and Magical I loved this book from start to finish. It was an emotional and fulfilling story. The characters were well thought of and depicted perfectly thoughout the entire story.
Date published: 2012-12-28

Editorial Reviews

"Long winters come alive in Ivey's novel about 1920s-era homesteaders in Alaska."-Tina Jordan, New York Times