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In this magical debut, a couple’s lives are forever changed by the arrival of a wild and mysterious girl at their snowy doorstep.

Alaska, 1920: A brutal place for a home, and a particularly harsh one for newcomers Jack and Mabel. Childless, they separate: he collapses under the weight of farm work; he is breaking down from loneliness and despair. In a carefree moment during the first snow of the season, they build a boy out of snow. The next morning, the snow boy is gone, but they see a young blonde woman running through the trees.

This girl, who calls herself Faina, appears to be a girl from the forest. She hunts with a red fox by her side, she glides smoothly through the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child she could have sprung from the pages of a fairy tale, they learn to love her as her own child. But in this beautiful and violent place, things are rarely what they seem, and what they eventually learn about Faina will change them all.

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Eowyn Ivey’s first novel, The Snow Child (2012) tells the story of the resilient settlers of the Territory of Alaska in 1920, fermented with an adaptation of an old Russian fairy tale about a snowman brought to life. The book explores the wilderness of Alaska, the harsh winters, the short summers, the rivers, the mountains, and the wild animals.

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It examines some of the reasons that led Americans to leave their lives in the lower 48 states to try a new and difficult life. The story explores the independence and individualism of the settlers while showcasing their efforts at community building, cooperation, and friendship. The book captures something ethereal, wild and mystical about the area in the person of Faina, the Snow Maiden.

The main characters of the book are Jack and Mabel, in their early 50s, who have left their home in Pennsylvania in search of a new life, mainly because they have no children. Jack and Mabel came from different backgrounds. Jack had been a farmer with his family while Mabel was the cultured, cultured daughter of a literature professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

The couple is haunted by a child they lost in childbirth. Struggling with harsh winters in their early years as settlers in Alaska, Mabel contemplates suicide. Gradually, the couple befriends another immigrant family, George and Esther Benson, and their three children, with the youngest, 13-year-old Garrett, playing the biggest role in the story. Much of the realistic part of the book is about the importance of friendship and working together to survive.

The book turns the myth into a mysterious young woman, Faina, who lives alone in the woods and snow, but little by little she becomes friends with Jack and Mabel. Faina disappears in spring. Much of the book describes the taste that Jack and Mabel develop for this little winter spirit and whether it is real or imagined. Regardless, it is undeniable that Faina has something supernatural about her.

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The characters in the book are believable and moving as the story explores loneliness, the search for love, marital difficulties, and the dawn of something new. It also plays with wild themes, related to Alaskan weather, topographical violence, and emptiness, interwoven with the struggles for conventionality and settlement in pioneer life to tame the land and make agriculture thrive.

With the figure of Faina, history is removed from everyday life. Romance, mystery and destiny are central, certainly, in this novel. Along with the adaptation of a Russian story, I was reminded of a work from a very different setting: Truman Capote’s flashy novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s with its romance and admonition to “never love a wild thing.” The United States, not just the old territory of Alaska, is a mixture of the real and the ideal, the pedestrian and the mysterious.

Ivey writes in a simple style that is mostly effective. The book seems too long and lags behind in places. But it does get a lot of things right, including the desert scenes, the young snow maiden, and the almost-estranged couple who manage to find bittersweet redemption in the sparsely populated area.

Apart from the fairy tale quality of much of the book, I liked the author’s kindness to the places and characters. The book shows a love for nature, a love for Alaska as a territory and presumably a state, and a sense of people working together while maintaining their autonomy. The love and spirit of the book are inspiring given the polarization that plagues our country.

The Snow Child is a moving and moving book about loneliness and mystery and a way to pursue and live the American dream.

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