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The Algebra of Snow: A Bedtime Story for My Mother

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The Algebra of Snow is a novel of subtraction. It is about a mathematics professor alone in the Adirondack Mountains in winter. She has two dogs and one estranged husband. Structured around the fall and winter holidays, the novel follows the severe winter as Amelia retreats to an inner landscape of loss—husband, dog, child, mother--that ultimately opens up her ability to b ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company
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Kevin Hanrahan
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Following Ameila’s struggle for self-discovery was equivalent to watching that car stuck in the railroad tracks as a train speeds towards it. You know you shouldn’t watch. You know that you should warn someone. You know what is about to happen. But you standby by, do nothing and watch. I couldn’t put the book down and read it in two sittings. The book is exquisitely written in the unforgettable narrative voice of Ameila. I found myself rooting for this mad woman and urging her to reach that conc ...more
Shantria
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Algebra of Snow is a story of grief, loss, love, and rediscovery. During a marital separation, Amelia, treks off to the Adirondacks mountains for a summer retreat, in which she unintentionally remained during the winter and spring seasons. Amelia trangresses into an extreme withdrawal, when she tries to make sense of her life, her emotional callousness, her destructive marriage to a sensitive, yet drunken husband. She reflects on the experiences that have brought her to such a pathological s ...more
Diane
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This, for me, was a story about boundaries; establishing, losing, rediscovering, and most of all, understanding. That being said, it may be about something entirely different for you. It is a marvelous read. The author has exquisitely descriptive prose. If you read it, as I did, in bed on a hot Spring night with the air-conditioning turned up, you will find yourself burrowing deeper and deeper into the covers while you burrow into the psyche of the main character, and perhaps your own as well. I ...more
Leah
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 of 5

All in all, The Algebra of Snow: A Bedtime Story for My Mother was a deeply affecting, well-written story that left me a little depressed and a lot hopeful; contradictory, I know. It's definitely character-driven and consisted almost entirely of one woman's perspective, inner thoughts, and [slightly neurotic, if not totally irrational] actions during the fall, winter and early spring of her self-imposed isolation from everyone and everything in her world.

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Kris
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this ARC copy of the Algebra of Snow free through a Good Reads giveaway. This book was incredibly well written and engaging. As the reader, I was drawn in by the grief Amelia feels for the losses in her life. For me though, that was the drawback. It just felt so deep, dark and depressing to me. You are left at the very end with the understanding that she has reached some closure with her losses and is going to pull through. The author is amazing but the subject was just quite dark for ...more
Lisa Tener
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A deep story. It gets better and better as you read on. Very internal and surprisingly healing. The writing is exquisite, especially after the first few chapters.
A.L. DeLeon
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The Algebra of Snow was a smart and yet heartbreaking read. Like watching a person wreck havoc on themselves and not being able to do a damn thing about it. Towards the end, I questioned what actually happened to Amelia. It was a good read, just required a lot of thinking as I did so.
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