Ordinarily I review Young Adult novels here at Book End Babes, because they are what I write and, for the most part, what I read. (See my very first post at Book End Babes – Why Read YA? – for my explanation of why I love this category of fiction.) From time to time, however, I take a break from my inner teen and spend a week or so glutting myself on adult fiction. Thus, for this month’s recommendation I’m veering away from the world of YA to showcase the lovely debut novel from Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child.
If you enjoy literary historical fiction, this is a must read. If you crave stories of survival against the elements, as well as tales of characters who overcome grief and rekindle love, you’ll find much that will move you in this novel. Even those with a fondness for magical realism may be intrigued by certain plot developments. And just so I don’t utterly alienate my constituency (hee!), there’s a thread running through part of the book that should appeal to lovers of YA romance.
If I haven’t convinced you to procure the book, this gorgeous trailer for The Snow Child is sure to tempt you. It certainly does a much better job of teasing the story than I could:
The Snow Child is a gorgeously written, compellingly plotted, and quite magical tale that played like a film through my mind as I devoured it. Let me know if you’ve read it or plan to do so — I’d love to know your thoughts!