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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
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Nov 02, 2015

it was amazing
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Perfect.

Perfect in structure, perfect in language, perfect in scope. This novel is as perfect as novels come. It is easy to say that of a short story, because the author has so few chances to err. Novels are much more difficult. There can be problems with pacing, with believability, with contrivances, longwindedness, etc. The Snow Child has none of that. The language is simple, arranging ordinary words in beautiful new ways. The plot and premise are ingenious, drawing on that very deep wellspring of mythic symbols to bring a real fairy tale "to life" on the pages of a fiction novel. But don't just take my word for it. Any debut novel that makes it to the final three in the Pulitzer judging is illustrative of a strong new voice in literature, and Eowyn Ivey has proved herself.
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Reading Progress

November 2, 2015 – Shelved
November 2, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
December 25, 2015 – Started Reading
December 31, 2015 – Shelved as: influences
December 31, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Kim (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kim Kaso A best read for me in 2015, it stays with me as I move through 2016.


message 2: by Kim (new) - rated it 5 stars

Kim Kaso A best read for me in 2015, it stays with me as I move through 2016. Good review.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I love this book. It touched heart and soul.


message 4: by Paige (new) - added it

Paige P Your review definitely has encouraged me to read this.


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