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Light on Snow

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  28,083 ratings  ·  2,069 reviews
Written from the point of view of 30-year-old Nicky as she recalls the vivid December day 19 years ago when she and her father found an abandoned infant in the snow, this beautiful contemporary bestseller about love and memory from the author of the bestselling All He Ever Wanted.
Paperback, 282 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Little Brown and Company (first published October 7th 2004)
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I found the book in a quaint, but minuscule secondhand bookshop in the middle of nowhere. Since I've read one of the author's books before, I decided to read this one as well. It was such a delight to find in the first place there. It was one of the very few better choices. And I liked the reading experience.

A twelve-year-old girl, Nicky, and her widowed dad, Robert, finds a baby in the snow. The Dillon's secluded life out in the New Hampshire's woods are suddenly not so simple anymore. They sav
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finishing either the 4th or 5th Anita Shreve book and I'm just wrecked, as usual. It happens the same way every time so far. I begin reading, the story is set on the East Coast, Vermont, New Hampshire, by the ocean, and I think to myself, hmm, I don't think I can relate to this. The character seems cold, or strange, alien. Then a few page turns and I'm enraptured.

Shreve has a talent that I wish I had, the talent of describing something that is indescribable to most people. Daily moments or fe
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People dealing with grief, coming of age
Recommended to Valerie by: Nadine Perry
I am glad I didn't base whether to read this book on the reviews here because I think a lot of people didn't "get it," and maybe that's Shreve's failing, but I've observed that, by and large, people don't really understand grief until they experience it first hand, unfortunately. I know that I did not. So I think that people who have experienced the kind of grief that keeps you from getting out of bed will really appreciate this book, and those who have had blissfully uneventful lives will miss ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third Anita Shreve book I have read this year - I'm really connecting with her writing. I think it's something about the way it's so simple but quite intimate. Descriptions of ordinary things that resonate deeply (for me at least).

This is about a father and his twelve year old daughter Nicky, who find an abandoned (alive) baby in the snow while out on a walk. We follow them through the quiet aftermath of this. A lovely and rather sad story that I adored.
Diane Chamberlain
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Shreve titles. I loved the teenaged character, and I adore Shreve's writing.
Lucy Qhuay

Is that it? Really? I've read better pieces of news about the same subject and that provoked in me deeper emotions than this book.

Talk about disappointment. Plus, the writing was bland and so were the characters.

Nicky was okay. She was really mature and her thoughts were surprisingly insightful for her age.

However, her father was a selfish, cowardly man, too lost in his own grief to support a young daughter going through the same process.

And Charlotte? Her story could have been so much more tha
Daniel Baxter
Jul 21, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: young adults
I read this book to be a good book club member. The target audience appeared to be young adult women, so this book was not really my thing. That being said, it took only about four hours to read, which was a plus (and is why the book is worthy of two stars). Many of the characters seemed like caricatures, and many of their actions were not very believable. The narrator was supposedly 30 at the time the narration was occurring, but sounds like she is 12. Young adult women who like coming of age s ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great little book about a father and his daughter who find a newborn baby left out in the snow while walking in the woods. It seems like a simple story but it actually covers a lot of ground, I love this author’s style of writing.
In general, I don’t abide well with clutter. It’s not that I’m an OCD clean freak; life’s too short to fret over a few dust bunnies. I simply function better in a reasonably neat and structured environment. However, when it comes to my TBR list, it’s about as pell-mell as one can get. My reading tastes are hither-and-yon, and numerical TBR sequencing is simply a formality. So I think of my TBR as a literary menagerie for leisure enjoyment; No pressures. No deadlines. Reading whatever, whenever, ...more
Dale Harcombe
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light on Snow reminded me why I like Anita Shreve’s writing. The story of Nicky and Robert Dillon, her father, who find a new born baby in the snow while walking in the woods is simply told and caught me from the beginning. It is an easy read yet manages to uncover layers of how people make the decisions they do, as well as how they handle. Nicky and her father have suffered tragedy in their lives with the death of his wife and baby Clara. Nicky grieves for her mother and baby Clara, but in a ve ...more
Joy Barnes
Aug 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
I’ve never read Anita Shreve before, but I picked up this book at the Tokyo airport… it was a name I recognized and there were not a lot of English books to chose from. It turned out be a good choice. I enjoyed the book because the story and the characters seemed real. It was if this situation of finding a baby in the snow and plot that follows, could happen to anyone. I found that I was putting myself in the characters’ shoes asking what I would do in the same situation. I don’t want to simplif ...more
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erin by: Julia
This book was a quick read, which I was in dire need of. The plot was interesting enough to keep my attention, although there were points where the author merely mentioned what would come of a certain seemingly insignificant event (i.e. When Nicky and her dad help shovel out the woman's car at the end of the novel and the author merely states: "In the spring, my father will stop at the cottage with the wash outside and find a kind of love there with a woman and her there sons that in years to co ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recently, in the library I noticed an ‘In Memorium’ display for Anita Shreve. How sad that this talented author is no longer with us! Some of her novels have been long standing favorites. She writes so well, and in her stories the hook is usually set early! Light on Snow, written in 2004 was a rewarding discovery! The unique tale unfolded as told by an endearing twelve-year-old girl. I find I generally enjoy child narrators. Perhaps it takes a special talent to carry that off. The story involved ...more
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy a quick delve into the nature of grief, love, and family, but don't want to be overwhelmed with vicarious pain, then this is a good pick for you.

The story is told in the first person by a woman looking back after many years on herself as an adolescent, but she uses the present tense for the current events of the story, and the past tense for longer-ago flashback events. I thought this made it feel less like a memoir and gave it more urgency. The author underlines the emotional eleme
Susan Godenzi
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Felt the cold, felt the sadness. Very easy to read, as are most of Anita Shreve's novels,
Charity Norman
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A quiet, lyrical story about grief and hope. I love Anita Shreve's spare prose and evocative descriptions of place, especially the New Hampshire snow.
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. While I have been disappointed with the latest installments of Shreve's books, this one came through.

It's a character driven book, told by Nicky, the daughter of Robert Dillon. These are two people who have experienced much pain and tragedy in their lives. Nicky has lost her mother and her baby sister earlier in an accident. Her dad is all she has left. With the discovery in the woods of an abandoned baby, their lives unravel revealing layers that may never have been uncove
David Bennatan
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
All ratings systems are relative. I really liked this book but I couldn't give it four stars because other four star books were much better.
This is "a modest work" according to a review on the back of the book. There are very few characters, a single plot line with references to something that took place in the past and
essentially one setting. It hardly qualifies as a novel. As I read it in two sittings it seems like an extended short story. I'm not worried about the definition, I just want to
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down. I was totally engrossed in the storyline, plot and characters. This was a compelling, touching yet easy read. It tugged at my hearstrings as I shared the pain, grief, loss and loneliness that jumped out at me. I am not giving away much here other than it is told from a 12 year old's perspective as she reflects back on a time in her life when she is an adult. As she is telling the story it shifts backwards and forwards which helped me gain a better understanding of ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
What happens when a 12 year old girl and her father find a crying baby in the snow filled woods next to their home? Well, you will have to read Light on Snow to find out. I think you will be glad you did because it is another well written story by Anita Shreve that grabs hold of you and keeps you entertained and turning pages. I have read all of Anita Shreve's books, although I haven't shelved them all on Goodreads yet. They have all been very good and several of them are exceptional. If you hav ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, 2018, fiction
What a good story about living with consequences, forgiveness and love of family! The only thing I would have changed is to leave out the swearing, though infrequent.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
I had a quick dip into this last night and finished it this morning, as it’s quite big print, a page-turner, and the last twenty pages are an extract from another of Anita Shreve’s books. I thought I had another few minutes’ reading to enjoy, and all of a sudden the story ended! Of course I have come across this before, but I forget about it until it happens, and then I always find it mildly irritating, because I feel I’ve been short-changed in my expectation of when the story I’m currently read ...more
I'm pretty amazed at how many books I've neglected on my TBR. I have no idea when I will read the last book that I pinned in 2015 (I really hope before February!!).

Things I loved about this book, Light on Snow:
4. How it was written - #AMAZING

OKAY, first things first - whoever left an INFANT in the god damn snow is a terrible person. And okay, that's what I first thought when I read the synopsis. BUT SERIOUSLY WHO THE HELL WOULD DO THA
Kara Hansen
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This story is told from the perspective of Nicky Dillon, who is reflecting on the events that took place the December she was twelve years old.
When Nicky was ten, her mother and baby sister Clara were killed in a car crash. Now two years later, she and her dad, Rob, are living in an isolated and remote New Hampshire community. One night they are out snowshoeing when they come across a newborn baby left in the snow. As the story unfolds, Shreve brings to us readers realistic character
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-donated
Read this for Contemporary-athon. It captured my attention from page one. It's about a girl and her father who find an abandoned baby in the woods in the snow. The book takes place in a weekend so it was a quick read. This was the first book I read by Anita Shreve and I will certainly be picking up more of her books.
Another Shreve success! I loved this audio book and could hardly quit listening when I got out of my car. I felt like I was in New Hampshire myself as I listened to the descriptive words used throughout the book.
Ericka Clouther
It's not a great plot and a little stressful, but an okay winter read if you don't mind genre fiction full of tragedy.
Michelle Samis
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Easy read, the fast moving pace kept me in it til I finished.
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was really a lovely book. The premise is sad: a 12 year old girl and her father who have moved to an isolated house in New Hampshire after the mother and baby sister die in a car crash in New York are walking through the woods between their house and a small nearby motel and find (and save) a just-born baby that has been left in a sleeping bag to die on a winter night. But the story that follows is a beautiful, well-written compelling story of healing, hope, and forgiveness.

One passage real
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a young girl and her dad. They recently lost their mom/wife and sister/daughter in a car accident in new york. They move away to a small town. One day they are snow shoeing and they hear a wail, they think it's just a cat or some other animal. But it ends up being a baby. They grb the baby and go to the hospital to save it. They get questioned by dectives and akll that good stuff. Then a lady comes to their dorr asking to look at some furniture to buy but it ends upo being the ...more
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Anita Shreve was an American writer, chiefly known for her novels. Shreve's novels have sold millions of copies worldwide. She attended Tufts University and began writing while working as a high school teacher. One of her first published stories, Past the Island, Drifting, (published in 1975) was awarded an O. Henry Prize in 1976. Among other jobs, Shreve spent three years working as a journalist ...more

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