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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
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Jan 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: american, src-winter-2012-13, src-spring-2013
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This is a love letter to the cold brutality and beauty of Alaska, where red foxes, wolverine, and even swans roam the seemingly featureless wintry landscape (Ivey writes a beautiful description of how the snow child/girl startles a blanket of snow into ptarmigan-flight). There is an irresistible yearning underscoring every sentence of the tale, from the pitiless reality of a farmer's broken back to the roofless condition of a newly-wed couple's cabin home - the land is bigger than the people; Earth is but God's child.

I finished this in one mesmerised daze, lost in the re-flowering of a middle-aged couple's love, the hugeness of the country.

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