Currently Listening to: Green Light by Lorde
Author: Eowyn Livey
“Dear, sweet Mabel,” she said. “We never know what is going to happen, do we? Life is always throwing us this way and that. That’s where the adventure is. Not knowing where you’ll end up or how you’ll fare. It’s all a mystery, and when we say different, we’re just lying to ourselves. Tell me, when have you felt most alive?”
-Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child
I’ll be honest, I picked up the Snow Child because Barnes and Noble had their deal, buy 2 paper back, get one free. I needed that free one, and this one sounded interesting…..
Synposis: Mabel and Jack move to Alaska in the 1940s. They had always wanted children but after the death of their newborn, they knew they needed a new start. Mabel needed to leave the familiar and start over, one day she asked Jack if they could go to Alaska and build a homstead like the United States was looking for. He agreed, but it was hard, especially in the beginning…they weren’t sure they knew what they were doing, and they felt like they were becoming strangers to each other instead of getting closer. Until one night, in a snowstorm, they built a snowman, Jack sketched the snowman into a little girl, one that he imagined they would have had one day. As the night ends, and the day begins again, something magical happens, a young girl appears in the woods with her fox. Mabel and Jack don’t know what to make of it and no one, not even their friends believe them. Mabel remembers a Russian fairytale and believes this could be the start of one.
Review: I really enjoyed The Snow Child, there is something magical about it. The imagery portrayed throughout is magnificence, you can really believe the Alaska put in front of you, as long as all the heartache that goes along with it. The story is also about growth and the author doesn’t just stay in one year, this over more than 15 years so you see all of these characters change in a way that doesn’t feel rushed. All of the characters are really fun and eccentric. They are also characters that seem real, I never felt sick of them. I wanted to see them develop, I wanted to know what their life was going to be like and whether they would be able to, wall, believe what’s right in front of them.
The Russian fairytale portion of it is really interesting, there are many different endings according to Mabel’s sister and you don’t know which one will be how this story ends. But the fairytale isn’t the major revelation during the story. The story shows that life is not one moment in time, it’s many moments in time, good, bad, scary, happy, they all make up your life and your adventure. It’s what you do with it and how you handle all these different moments that will make up the next moment.
I rated this 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads. For more information, follow the link here. Remember, this is not your average fairytale even though there’s an element here of it.