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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: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464008238
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luisa | 1/20/2014

    " beautiful imagery. I thought that this would bug me- a fairy tale written for adults, but it was lovely. The characters were complex and endearing. It made me want to go homestead in Alaska! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne | 1/19/2014

    " A beautifully written story. It is rare for the words of a book to catch you like this one. A real pleasure to read. Full of emotions and the hardships of real life as well another more magical side. A great read. I would recommend whole heartedly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 1/19/2014

    " This was a lovely, touching novel with wonderfully developed characters. I might have liked it even more if it had ended sooner. I don't know that I needed the last part of the story to appreciate the impact of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy Mcmillen | 1/12/2014

    " Enjoyable read... The first part moves along at a lovely pace and then it seems to suddenly move quickly through the years. Almost seems as if the author tires of the story and just needs to get it done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jakki Leonard | 1/12/2014

    " Read it, read it, read it right now!! Sublime, intriguing, beautifully perfect!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 12/22/2013

    " Beautiful imagery. Characters to love and a bit if mystical mystery in a tale of pioneering survival in Alaska "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tonya | 12/2/2013

    " I actually only read about 50 pages. It just didn't hold my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza Teodorescu | 12/1/2013

    " A beautiful and eerie story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina White | 11/7/2013

    " Loved this book. I kind of had a feeling it wasn't going to have the happiest ending, but well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anouk | 9/28/2013

    " This is a truly beautiful book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Kilmer | 7/20/2013

    " Lovely "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 2/4/2013

    " A retelling of a classic Russian fairy tale, of which I was not familiar. I enjoy modernist fairy tales, and, although this was fairly predictable, it was well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Johnson | 1/31/2013

    " I really enjoyed this sweet tale of a childless couple and the "snow child" that they create. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sandhya | 12/9/2012

    " Wonderful. I couldn't put it down- read it in an afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neesha | 9/25/2012

    " This really was a lovely book...a wonderful blend of myth and survival and family. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Cox | 9/11/2012

    " I really liked this one...saving my comments for book club, though! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TBuck | 8/25/2012

    " This book was recommended to me by my friend 'Lani'. She rant about it, but to me it was a depressing book. Perhaps because I hate the cold and the hardship the couple endured. I have to say, it's beautifully written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Rindy | 8/10/2012

    " Beautifully written..magical story. A great winter read. Snuggle up to the fire with this book, you won't be disappointed. (Except when it ends ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nuran | 8/6/2012

    " Lovely book, charming characters, magical plot, beautiful writing, great read. I don't want to say more as not to ruin the books for others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Wagner | 8/1/2012

    " This was a wonderful story. I loved the descriptions of the scenery and the author had a way with making you feel that you were there in the story. It made me think of "Life of Pi" because I wasn't sure if it was real or fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Wherry | 7/31/2012

    " Bordered on the unbelievable but I liked it. It had a fairy tale quality to it. No evil queen, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 6/3/2012

    " The strength of this book is the descriptive prose and wonderful imagery created. The first half is wonderful, but I feel rather let down with the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 5/12/2012

    " For the most part I enjoyed this book, it was a really quick read. I liked the hard details of life in Alaska as well. And without giving anything away, I went back & forth on whether I liked the ending. I wish some of the characters psyche's had been delved into deeper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Costello | 4/27/2012

    " This was a great story. It turned out to be historical, fantastical, tragic, hopeful and beautifully written. "

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About the Author
Author Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn Ivey is the author of The Snow Child. Her short stories have been published in the literary journal Cirque and Cold Flashes, an anthology published by the University of Alaska Press. She earned her BA in journalism and creative writing from Western Washington University and studied creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska. She is a contributor to the blog 49 Writers and is a founding member of Alaska’s first statewide writing center. She lives in her native Alaska with her husband and two daughters.