Title: The Snow Child
Author: Eowyn Ivey
Published: 2012 Reagan Arthur Books
Source: Public Library
Just finished this book and I'm left with a feeling I can't quite put into words...absolutely lovely is a good place to start. The story is such a pleasant change from the usual in that it gives the reader a peaceful, beautiful, moving adventure to follow. Eowyn Ivey captures the amazing facets of nature in Alaska and how they feed and engage the human soul. She also balances the natural elements with her varied and in-depth characters. Here are some of my favorite quotes from The Snow Child:
"What a tragic tale! Why these stories for children always have to turn out so dreadfully is beyond me. I think if I ever tell it to my grandchildren, I will change the ending and have everyone live happily ever after. We are allowed to do that, are we not Mabel? To invent our own endings and choose joy over sorrow?"
"During the next several days the skies cleared, a deep cold settled on the valley, and the child's tracks became edged in frost. They trailed sparkling and delicate through Mabel's thoughts, and left her feeling as if she had forgotten something."
"The snowflake was no bigger than the smallest skirt button. It was six pointed, with fernlike tips and a hexagonal heart, and it sat in the child's palm like a tiny feather when it should have melted."
"Then, as the conversation began to turn around her, she wondered if she had told the truth. Was that why they had come north -- to build a life? Or did fear drive her? Fear of the gray, not just in the strands of her hair and her wilting cheeks, but the gray that ran deeper, to the bone, so that she thought she might turn into a fine dust and simply sift away in the wind."