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The Snow Child

By Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books)

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From the snowy mountains and harsh landscape of Alaska comes The Snow Child. Inspired by the Russian fairy tale of the same name, the novel follows elderly couple Mabel and Jack who, upon suffering the ultimate tragedy---the loss of their child---escape their friends and family, move to the middle of nowhere, and attempt to make a life there. On the night of the first snow, Jack and Mabel make a child out of snow. Moments later, its red mittens and scarf are gone and a mysterious, young forest girl, Faina, appears in their lives. Following the tenuous new family as they cope with the unforgiving landscape, and mend their broken pasts, the novel explores love and loss in the untamed wilderness of age. Enchanting as it is heartbreaking, as intricate and delicate as a snowflake, this is the ultimate fairy tale for adults.

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