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An Echo Through the Snow

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Andrea Thalasinos's debut novel is an inspiring story of how a single act of kindness can transform your life.

Rosalie MacKenzie is headed nowhere until she sees Smokey, a Siberian husky suffering from neglect. Rosalie finds the courage to rescue the dog, and—united by the bond of love that forms between them—they save each other.

Soon Rosalie and Smo
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Forge Books (first published August 1st 2012)
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Rosalie MacKenzie is feeling trapped. She’s a high school dropout, married in haste to a quick-tempered man, and about to lose yet one more going-nowhere job. When she spots a neglected and mistreated Siberian husky she decides to rescue the dog, setting in motion a chain of events that changes the lives of both girl and animal. Juxtaposed against this modern story is that of the native peoples of Siberia, the Chukchi, their deep bond with the dogs they consider their Guardians, and how Stalin’s ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
I was originally interested in reading this book because it's about dogs, specifically husky dogs, which to me is one of the most gorgeous and fascinating breeds of dogs. I'm a huge animal lover and I think that other animal lovers may enjoy this book too.

The story is pretty good but there were definitely some places that had a couple holes for me. There are two parallel stories in the book. The first one takes place in Siberia during toward the beginning of the 20th century and surr
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Thalasinos's An Echo Through the Snow is one of those books that I select for some mysterious reason and then I let the book sit on my desk for MONTHS. Animal books are really not my thing unless it has a certain focus like horse racing stories.

I can totally get into books about great thoroughbreds like Ruffian, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed, etc. But I'm not one of those who like to read books on how a dog changed my life (for example, I have never been tempted to read Ma
Ehh…. I had such high hopes for this book – after all it’s definitely a “dog” book, and it also involves sled racing! The intertwining of a historical section in with a more contemporary setting sounded fascinating too. What fun to read on a hot summer day… or at least, that’s what I had expected…

Unfortunately, despite the strength of Thalasinos’ writing and her obvious passion for her subject, the book fell flat. The historical section completely felt separated from the contemporary, and the t
Stephanie Thornton
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Thalasinos's debut novel is actually two stories which come together beautifully at the end of the book. I very much enjoyed reading about the rescue of each of Rosalie's huskies, but it was the tale of the Chukcki people displaced by Stalin's Red Army that really intrigued me. Jeaantaa is a strong Chukchi woman who essentially plays guardian to the Guardians, risking her life to save the dogs she loves. And although I'm a jaded veteran of watching many Iditarod starts, I loved the descri ...more
Taken from the book. "Rosalie MacKenzie is headed nowhere until she sees Smokey, a Siberian husky suffering from neglect. Rosalie finds the courage to rescue the dog, and―united by the bond of love that forms between them―they save each other."
I just could not get into parts of the book and struggled to keep up with back and forth stories. I wish the characters were a little more developed and the stories fused together more cohesively. I did enjoy the overall storyline, it is complex, yet
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not usually the kind of book I read, but it was really good! I would recommend it.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Sometimes when I have a few minutes at the library, I love just browsing through the shelves and seeing the random books that look intriguing. The other day, I was doing just that on the new releases shelf when I came across An Echo Through the Snow. The first thing about it that caught my eye was the starkness of the cover, with just the picture of the dog and a woman. Then after reading the description, I decided to take a chance on it because I was sufficiently intrigued.

While thi
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on An Echo Through the Snow by Andrea Thalasinos

With all of the hype surrounding the release of this book, I was expecting to be carried away on a fantastic journey. Sadly this was not the case. Though there are parts of the book that I did enjoy, An Echo Through the Snow has some serious flaws.

First off, for a book of this size, I should have a firm understanding of the major players. However, as it's written, I don't get a real "feel" for the Chukchi p
Trisha Smith
I read this book for a workshop I am attending on book discussions in a few weeks. The author will be joining us and I am very excited to meet her and see what she had to say about her book!

"An Echo Through the Snow" tells the story of two time periods: the native Chukchi people of Siberia in 1929 when Stalin's Red Army takes over and intertwines a modern story of a young girl named Rosalie in the 1990s. The center of both stories are the Siberian huskies and dogsled racing.

Even tho
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a breathtaking book! Once begun, I couldn't put it down and finished it in 3 days. Ms. Thalasinos has woven a tale of harsh lands and broken lives that spans 63 years and two continents. The novel alternates between the lives of Jeantaa, a Chukchi woman living in 1929 during the destruction of her land and culture by Stalin's Russia and an emotionally broken Rosalie MacKenzie living in 1992 Wisconsin who finds her way back to survival when she rescues an equally broken Husky named Smokey. T ...more
Pat Edwards
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters are flawed and vulnerable and so human. I enjoyed the historical interweaving and shamanic elements. I am not a dog person, but I really enjoyed learning about sled dogs -- their physiology and history. I liked that the author didn't take the easy way out and make the story resolve all elements perfectly. I have recommended the book to several friends.
Kristy Engel
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Najwa Warraich
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do not think there will be another book I love more than this one this year. I can say that with confidence because my goodness this was everything. We have a character of Indigenous heritage (which I loved), this said character going through some very difficult things (which was so sad), siberian huskies (which I love) and this said characters journey (which I loved). It was a beautifully written novel about her journey BUT that was not all. We have another story arc that is included that at ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this story despite the awkwardness and rough edges that sometime come with a first novel. I had to read some passages more than once to understand what the author was saying. However, reading about the hardships of the Chukchi people was thought-provoking. And I love dogs, so the huskies were a big plus. Competitive dogsled racing is a world foreign to me as I have lived in Texas forever, and snow is almost unknown. So that aspect of the story was also interesting. One personal negative ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I really enjoyed this book. Thalansinos created a wonderful comparison between two similar cultures, in different parts of the world at different times in history that culminate with a satisfying closure when the two meet face to face.
The Dog sled racing lifestyle was well documented. Any good musher will always sacrifice for their dogs, ensuring that the dogs are cared for first even before oneself. It is a desire of the soul, this deeply felt passion, where it is almost as if the dogs choose
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice first novel with an interesting cross-over between generations of Arctic natives (the tale weaving back and forth between the 1900s and 1990s). Always enlightening to visit another culture. Having owned a couple of Alaskan Malamute myself, I found dog portrayals rich and nuanced.
Andy Plonka
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: src
The bits about dog sled racing were the best parts.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-books
I won Echo Through the Snow in a Goodreads giveaway, and tried very, very hard to like this book. The book tries to weave two dog stories together. One is set modern day, the other tells of a Native tribe.
I love books with animal themes, so I thought this would be a sure win on top of a win! I've thought a lot about what threw this book out wack for me, and I know it has to do with the writing style. 3 things I want to say about the writing are:
1.Maybe I just don't appreciate/quite sync
Teena in Toronto
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure if I would keep with it, to be honest. If a book doesn't grab me right away, I don't stay with it.

But I'm glad I did with this one because I ended up enjoying it.

I wasn't crazy about the writing style in the first couple of chapters. This is the author's debut novel and it was like she was trying too hard. There seemed to be a lot of comparisons which I found a bit annoying. Here are some examples:

- Her bangs quivering like
Dev Adams
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dog-books
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Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was one of those “clueless” trips to the library. As in, “No clue what I’m looking for. Just something new that looks interesting. Or whatever books leaps off the nearest shelf first.” That’s how I found Andrea Thalasinos’s An Echo Through the Snow. I grabbed it sight unseen. Turned out to be a pretty good read (Warning: some rough lingo that may offend gentle readers.)

Echo is set in Wisconsin and Minnesota, lands of endless snow. And sled dogs. Lots and lots of dogs. Heroine Rosa
An Echo Through the Snow attempts to weave past and present into a single tapestry utilizing the lives of two women trapped by fate and circumstance, with one determined to set herself free and the other literally dragged into pursuing a better life. Told in alternating chapters, we are presented with the lives of Jeaanta and Rosalie, two women living more than half a century apart whose lives are mystically connected via the Siberian Huskies (Guardians) they both love.

Rosalie MacKen
Feb 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Wow.. I had such high hopes. I mean, there are huskies, dog sled racing, and Native Americans... really? What is there not to love. I got all those covered in my "must read" list. But... the author drags. I literally had to make myself keep reading. The story is disjointed and awkward. The voice of the main character is not clear, in fact so unclear that I often had to re-read passages when she was interacting with some of the other characters to figure out who was saying what or thinking what. ...more
William Bentrim
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

An Echo Through the Snow by Andrea Thalasinos

Give this book a chance to grab you and you will not regret it. I read a lot of scifi, fantasy and action thrillers. I like getting hooked on the first page. This book had to tantalize me for about 50 pages before I got hooked. I like dogs but I’m not real fond of snow. This has both. More importantly it is a story of self discovery which is what captivated me. In a former life, my time spent as a school counselor, makes me prone to laudin
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book as I have owned and loved Siberan Huskies. However, it took me forever to get through this book. There didn't seem to be single story line - just jumping here and there. How did Rosalie become such an accomplished and talented woman and potential vet when at the beginning of the story she couldn't hold down any jobs and certainly seemed to be delayed in areas. I didn't fully accept the transformation. Yes, dogs are very therapeautic and I can see gradual changes in ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Rosalie McKenzie's life is not in a good place. She lives in rural Wisconsin and is married to a man who she doesn't love and who treats her badly. Rosalie feels trapped until she comes across an injured Siberian Husky in need of a good home. In finding the courage to keep the neglected dog, she also finds the strength to leave her situation and try to find better for herself. Soon Rosalie has a new group friends and becomes involved in the competitive world of dog sled racing. She also has a m ...more
Shelley Fearn
I thought about giving this 3 stars and then read the reviews. Consequently I decided to give it 4 stars.

I wasn't bothered by the less than cohesive writing style. For a first novel, I thought it very good. Not being a writer, I can't speak with any authority, but I imagine like anything else, writing takes practice.

If you read this novel for the dogs you will be disappointed. It isn't Lassie but then I don't think of sled dogs as house pets. (But if Rosalie wants to keep
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: recent-reads
I wanted to like this book much more than I did. There are two story lines: one is the story of Rosalie, a nineteen year old girl trying to make her way through a rough life with an abusive ex-husband and an absentee father. Rosalie adopts a stray husky which leads to assisting a husband and wife team train their dogs for sledding. The other story line is that of a tribe of natives in Siberia in 1929 when their lives are threatened by the expansion of the red army.

It is not clear why we get the
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book. The beginning seemed to be a bit dull and long-winded. I also think maybe the constant shifting of the tale between 1929 (1930... and so on...) and 1993 contributed to more than a little reader angst, leaving me wondering if, perhaps, the 1929 part of the story would have worked better as "part 1", with the 1993 chapters classified as "part 2".

All of that aside, what a fascinating tale of historical fiction! I learned a lot about a culture I
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