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In The Snow Forest: Three Novellas

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  28 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Montana, Wyoming, and the Trinity Alps of northern California are the landscapes of these elegant, rough-hewn narratives where people yearn for grace even as their chances are running out. "Roy Parvin has a sense of what people will do when they have reached their particular limits," says Charles Baxter, "and these wonderful tales are like visions." A recently paroled ex-c ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 17th 2001 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 2000)
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Erick Mertz
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought these were exquisite stories. Roy Parvin writes wonderful internal landscapes, in particular the first story which was riveting, moving stuff.

The novella is an interesting format and if you're exploring it as a writer/reader, Roy Parvin has "the real stuff" in these stories.
Linda C
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Roy Parvin has crafted 3 novellas set in the Northwest that look at the inner workings of characters that are at a moment of change. "Betty Hutton" follows an ex-con who is trying to go straight and who has a feeling that there is a special place that will be his perfect spot. He heads cross country to Montana with several interesting events occurring there, that although don't end up being his spot assure him he's on the right path. "In the Snow Forest" tells of a blooming relationship between ...more
Ed
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three novellas: My favorite was the first one called Betty Hutton. It concerned a man trying to get away from his past, and change his life. He drives from the east coast and ends in Montana.
The second is called In the snow forest, a sort of a love story. I also liked this.
The third was Menno's Daughter which was I also enjoyed.
Richard
Dec 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
Introspection is not this writers' best suit--the best moments in this book were when characters were interacting with others, but the segments of solitary introspection dragged.
Gary McDowell
Jul 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-ones
Helped me write my own novella. It's a great literary form that's rarely published anymore. That's too bad, in my opinion.
Christine Rocca
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised. Like his style of writing
John Nelson
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: short story fans
A good book. I always enjoy checking out new authors.
Neena Hanchett
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
.Three stories about redemption involving ordinary people that have had a rough go of it. I highly recommend it!
Jane
Feb 07, 2013 added it
The short story "In the Snow Forest", included in the book by the same title, is a warm insight to a humble mans mind seeking a relationship. I learned how un-complex the makings can be.
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I loved Parvin's use of metaphors, and in general, his prose. A book worth reading.
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