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3.00004260032376 out of 53.00004260032376 out of 53.00004260032376 out of 53.00004260032376 out of 53.00004260032376 out of 5 3.00 (23,474 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eowyn Ivey Narrator: Debra Monk Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child.

In 1920, the Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to homestead and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel, a childless couple. They are drifting apart, he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm and 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 in profound ways.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] magical yet brutally realistic tale.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A fluid, absorbing, beautifully executed debut novel; highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The book’s tone throughout has a lovely push and pull—Alaska’s punishing landscape and rough-hewn residents pitted against Faina’s charmed appearances—and the ending is both surprising and earned. A fine first novel that enlivens familiar themes of parenthood and battles against nature.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Finalist
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2012 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction
  • Selected for the February 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2013 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2012
  • A 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stacy | 2/8/2014

    " Well written, but ending wasn't what I hoped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Berni | 1/31/2014

    " This book is enchanting, beautifully written in such a way that brings the Alaskan wildlife and landscape to life. At times I felt I could see the mountains or was walking through the snowy woods. In parts a little slow but well worth four stars. Great escapism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caryn | 1/24/2014

    " A very touching and intimate story. A pleasure to read, beautifully descriptive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jo-anne Herschell | 1/21/2014

    " I didn't really enjoy this book, I was determined to finish and glad when I did, it was quite strange and I really didn't enjoy all the killing and gutting of animal scenes, but I am a bit soft like that. However it was well written, it just wasn't my type of book. "

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