Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

 Title: The Snow Child
Author: Eowyn Ivey
Published by Little, Brown and Company, Feb 1, 2012
Hardcover, 389 pages

Starting this review, I’m honestly having trouble putting my thoughts into words. There’s nothing I can say about The Snow Child that even begins to describe how I felt while reading it. It was truly a stunning book.

The Snow Child is about a couple, Mabel and Jack, who married late and unsuccessfully tried to have a child. A few years down the road in 1920, they decide to move to Alaska to build a homestead, to escape their family, which to them is only a reminder of the fact that they couldn’t have children while everyone else could. After they move to Alaska, they start to grow apart, but with the first snow of the season, their love rekindles. They build a little girl out of snow. When they wake up the next morning, their creation is gone, with child-sized footsteps leading away from it and the mittens and scarf that were on the snow child gone. They start to see a little girl running through the woods every now and then. The girl, named Faina, eventually becomes like a daughter to the couple. But is Faina a real person or a magical being?

Loosely based on the Russian fairy tale “Snegurachka” (The Snow Maiden), The Snow Child is absolutely breathtaking. It was one of those books that I just didn’t want to end. Ivey’s descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness, though sometimes brutal, left me chilled throughout the novel. The story is very heartwarming, though, which is quite the opposite of the setting.

I know this is a super short review, but there really isn’t much for me to say about this novel without spoiling the entire thing. So just read it! It’s definitely worth your time!

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