Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a brilliant first novel that is just magically captivating .

Jack and Mabel, are a couple in their early 50’s who take advantage of Alaska’s cheap land homestead act in the 1920’s.  The hard work, brutal weather and isolation magnify the couple’s pervasive sorrow of their inability to have children.  During the lowest of  times, a child arrives at the couple’s yard.  She is initially skittish but with time and patience Mabel and Jack have their dream come true, a child.

I will not tell you where this child comes from or even if she is real or imagined!  She has a name but you will have to discover that for yourselves for it has a very interesting meaning.

Ivey’s style is sparse, rewarding and magnificent just like the Alaskan wilderness her characters wrestle to tame.

The Snow Child is a story of learning to embrace what life brings, choosing joy over sorrow, risk and reward, loss and love.

A memorable paragraph is when Mabel was walking outside trying to fathom the exact science involved in creating a fetus from molecules.  The snow starts to fall.  She likens a fetus’ wondrous growth to the tiny hexagonal snow flake creating a whole world of snow covering her Alaskan world.  The book reads,  “You did not have to understand miracles to believe in them, and in fact Mabel had come to suspect the opposite.  To believe, perhaps you had to  cease looking for explanations and instead hold the little thing in your hands as long as you were able before it slipped like water between your fingers.”

Another favorite passage of mine is when Mabel is sharing her fear of losing the Snow Child with her neighbor and best friend, Esther.

Esther  replies, ” 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 any different, we’re just lying to ourselves.  Tell me, when have you felt most alive?”

This literary treat will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can to see how it ends!


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