I’m dedicating a whole post to one book because I liked it that much.

The Snow Child

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey was an unlikely choice for me. I don’t often read modern fiction. I’m not against it, I just don’t often find modern fiction suits my taste and interests. But there are always exceptions and this one is a shining example.

I found The Snow Child by looking at the list of Pulitzer Prize winners, an award I respect and used to inform my purchasing as a librarian. It had been several months since I last browsed the list and I hadn’t seen this year’s picks.

The Snow Child was a runner up for the Fiction Prize and when I read their synopsis I was hooked.

 “an enchanting novel about an older homesteading couple who long for a child amid the harsh wilderness of Alaska and a feral girl who emerges from the woods to bring them hope.”

Yes, please.

It’s probably not surprising that I would be drawn to a book about a childless couple finding hope through a child.

And my instinct was correct.

The way Ivey explores the relationship between the couple and the child was so delicate. It makes me wonder what her experience with foster care and adoption is.

The best word for what happens is that the older couple “woo” the girl, slowly building mutual trust and a relationship. It’s so true to how parenting a child from a hard background is in real life. I think anyone with experience in building a relationship with a child they love who has a broken background apart from their own will enjoy this story.

I don’t want to give anything away, but the novel constantly teeters on the edge of fantasy and reality right up to the end.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.

I also have the winner, The Orphan Master’s Son on hold at the Library. When I get to read it I’ll post my thoughts.

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