It’s December 1st, so you know what that means! This time we polled and you picked, so allow us to officially announce the winner: our wintery book club pick for December: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey!
(Click link above to hear what folks are saying on Goodreads, or the photo below to purchase on Amazon.)
We are stoked to read, explore and discuss this dark, modern revisioning of a Russian folktale, and it’s perf for winter without dipping into the murky water of overly-sentimental, Hallmarky holiday novels so popular this time of year. I mean, we can dig it, but not for our purposes here, where we focus on more literary works. The book has received really stellar reviews, and was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist, so that’s saying something about what we have in store. Hope you’re as excited as we are!
We will also be running things a little differently this time around, where there will be options for readers of all styles to join the fun. So stay tuned for more details on that!!
Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Fiction (2013), Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Debut (2013), Tähtifantasia Award Nominee (2014), The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Nominee (2012), Specsavers National Book Award for International Author of the Year (2012)
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.
“Stunningly conceived, beautifully told, this story has the intricate fragility of a snowflake and the natural honesty of the dirt beneath your feet. . . . It fascinates, it touches the heart.”
— Robert Goolrick
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A magical yet brutally realistic tale.”
— O, The Oprah Magazine
— San Francisco Chronicle
— Reader’s Digest
“Full of wonder, longing, hope, pain, and beauty. . . . The Snow Child will keep you frozen in its spell until the very last word.”
— Cleveland Plain Dealer