Real Girl or Fairy Child?

The Snow Child was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in fiction.

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur Books; 389 pages; $24.99).


            Life in 1920s Alaska is harsh with long, bitterly cold winters and scarce sunlight.   It can be a difficult and lonely existence.  Not surprisingly, cabin fever sometimes sets in.  Such is the setting in Eowyn Ivey’s rich, atmospheric debut novel, The Snow Child, a Pulitzer Prize nominee in fiction.

Alaska is a place Ms. Ivey knows well.  For her, it is home; she was raised in Alaska and continues to live there.  Books and stories have always been a part of Ms. Ivey’s life.  In fact, Ms. Ivey was named for a character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.  From birth, then, Ms. Ivey’s world has revolved around books.  Interestingly, she now works at an independent bookstore.  More than anything, Alaska is central to Ms. Ivey’s story.  That is not to…

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