The Compulsive Reader: Shelf Discovery: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shelf Discovery: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Shelf Discovery is a feature in which I highlight one book that I have found while prowling the shelves of the independent bookstore I work at it. These books aren't necessarily YA books; they're books that have discovered and find interesting or unique. I hope you do too.

My co-worker brought today's Shelf Discovery to my attention a couple of weeks ago--she has a real sharp eye for books that look very good! The Snow Child not only has a wonderful and lovely cover, but the premise sounds absolutely enthralling. Check it out:
"Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. 
This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them."
This description sort of reminds me of the trailer for the movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Either way, I think it sounds amazing, and maybe if I ever graduate from college, I will have time to read it.

What do you think? Have you discovered anything cool recently?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It sounds amazing!
I hadn't heard of it before but I already put it on my wishlist! :D