Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Snow Child - Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56


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     The Snow Child is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long time. The author enthralled me with her descriptions of the hardships of homesteading in Alaska in the 1920s and had me wondering if one of the characters was actually real or if she existed only in the imagination of the husband and wife who lived in the wilderness. I really could not put this book down! 
     The Snow Child was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for fiction in 2013, was given the 2013 Indies Choice Award for debut fiction, and received numerous other awards. In my opinion, all of them were richly deserved. Readers who enjoy adventure, history, and magical realism or who just like a good story will definitely enjoy this book.

Book Beginning:
Wolverine River, Alaska, 1920
Mabel had known there would be silence. That was the point, after all. No infants cooing or wailing. No neighbor children playfully hollering down the lane. No pad of small feet on wooden stairs worn smooth by generations, or clackety-clack of toys along the kitchen floor. All those sounds of her failure and regret would be left behind, and in their place there would be silence.

Friday 56 from 56% on my Kindle (Mabel is lost at night in a snowy forest.)
As it made its way beneath her clothes, along the skin of her ribs, down the curve of her spine, she knew it for what it was--a death chill, a chill that if allowed to take hold would freeze the life from her. As if to confirm her suspicions, her teeth began to chatter.

Genre: Literary Fiction / Metaphysical
Length: 404 Pages
Amazon Link: The Snow Child
Author Website Link: Eowyn Ivey

Rather than post the book's synopsis, here's the trailer:



                         

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28 comments:

  1. Awesome trailer...I have been eyeing this one on and off...thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I enjoyed the trailer too. This was really a great book.

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  2. I've also been eying this one on and off. Lovely writing in the snippets.

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    1. The book is filled with beautiful description. I enjoyed every page.

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  3. This sounds really great. I think I'm going to have to look into it.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Amanda

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  4. The BB is interesting, well written, but the 56, WOW! Creepy and scary. She can't die at 56%, can she? Thats what will get me to read! Thanks for visiting.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this new-to-me book and author. The excerpts you shared are hauntingly beautiful.

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/03/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_20.html

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  6. I have seen this one on quite a number of blogs and everyone loves it! I should really try to get my hands on it because it sounds so fascinating! The cover is also pretty gorgeous, I love those kinds of "arty" covers! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post 
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  7. That is a great trailer. It does keep you guessing.

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  8. This sounds interesting, glad you liked it.

    Stormi
    Friday Memes

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  9. I read this one a couple of years ago and loved it. I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying it as well. The writing was just wonderful. The excerpts make me want to revisit this book.

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    1. I'm sure I'll read this book again in the future.

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  10. Just reading it makes me cold. I have read this book. Really liked it.

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  11. Thanks for sharing, this book seems interesting. :)

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  12. This book is on my TBR. I can't wait to pick it up!

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  13. Boy, that beginning is pretty heavy. There is so much to think about.

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  14. Nice trailer. The book beginning snippet sure grabbed my heart, from infants cooing to no pad of small feet on wooden stairs. Oh, time passes swiftly and to be in a place having no regrets. I like that. These thoughts are deep and sobering. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. As a writer, I appreciate the author's word choices: cooing, wailing, hollering, pad, clackety-clack. Her description of the death-chill made me cold!

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  15. Given your glowing endorsement, AND the trailer AND the fascinating beginning, this will be a must-read for me. Lord...wondering how I can get to all these! Laugh!

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    1. If I have one complaint about Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56 it's that I come across so many wonderful books that I want to read! Maybe we need to start getting up earlier in the morning.

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  16. Ohh great pick I really like your 56 she has to be terrified being lost in a cold night in the forest. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. It's definitely a life-and-death situation.

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  17. Thanks for sharing. I've heard so many great things about this book!

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  18. This is one I have had wishlisted for some time now.
    Happy weekend!

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  19. This sounds so good. Thanks for sharing. What wonderful description too.

    I am glad I was not a homesteader. Wouldn't be able to do it. :)

    Have a great weekend.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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