Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Thursday, 30 August 2012

The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey - Author Guest Post! - Blog Tour

As part of the Blog Tour for the publication of the paperback edition of The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, I am delighted to feature a guest post by the author here today!

Eowyn Ivey
By Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

One of my earliest recollections is of my parents telling me we were moving to Alaska. I was only 3 or 4 years old, and Alaska conjured images of ferocious black bears and wild strawberries.  Perhaps because it was summertime when we left Colorado, I didn’t imagine the snow and ice and darkness I would eventually encounter. I packed my baseball and mitt, my teddy bear and a stack of books.

From then on, my entire memory life inhabits Alaska.  I grew up in a place of mountains and spruce forests, snowstorms, frozen lakes, salmon streams, and the aurora borealis. I was fed on moose meat and homegrown potatoes. Family vacations were caribou hunting trips on the tundra, and I spent much of my childhood without running water or television. Slowly, as I visited grandparents on the East Coast, vacationed in Florida, traveled to England as a teenager, and attended college in Washington State, I began to understand that Alaska is not like the rest of the world. 

I was drawn to write The Snow Child in part because it was a path to explore my own relationship with Alaska. It is not an easy place to live. Some people come here and detest its extremes, its isolation and wilderness. It has been so much a part of who I am for so long, I wondered what it would be like to see it for the first time as an adult.  What would an Alaskan winter feel like if I had never before experienced it? How would it feel to walk through the forest if I hadn’t spent my childhood playing there?

And so I followed my characters Jack and Mabel north and watched them struggle with the elements and loneliness and fear and waited to see if they would come to love it as I do.


About the novel (synopsis from the publisher):

A magical novel with a distinctly grown-up sensibility, THE SNOW CHILD will appeal to fans of imaginative reading group fiction, such as THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, THE LOVELY BONES and THE BOOK THIEF
A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska, The Snow Child was a bestseller on hardback publication, and went on to establish itself as one of the key literary debuts of 2012.

Alaska, the 1920s.  Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before.  When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding: is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?

Written with the clarity and vividness of the Russian fairy tale from which it takes its inspiration, The Snow Child is an instant classic.

Published by Headline
Paperback edition published 30th August 2012

About the author:

Named after a character from J.R.R. Tolkien`s The Lord of the Rings, Eowyn Ivey currently works at an independent bookstore in Palmer, Alaska. Before that, she was a reporter and editor for theFrontiersman newspaper.  Eowyn lives in Alaska with her husband and two daughters. The Snow Child is her debut novel.

You can visit the author's website here and follow her on twitter @EowynIvey


  1. I loved this novel, great to learn more about the author and look forward to reading her next book (hope its also set in Alaska)

    1. Thanks so much for commenting Jan. I'm glad you enjoyed the post, and the novel!

  2. I was very fortunate in being able to review this book when it first came out - what an amazing novel! I was spellbound throughout my reading experience. I am delighted to hear that there is another on the way!

    1. Thanks very much for your comment Deborah! I remember reading your lovely review early on.

  3. One of my favourite novels from last year. I hope it gains many more fans with the paperback publication. Can't wait to read more from Eowyn. :-)
    PS if there are any LOTR fans out there (I loved The Hobbit but not LOTR, sorry!), I'd love to know how Eowyn is pronounced - such a beautiful name, very Irish/Welsh looking.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Treez. I remember reading your fab review of this one early on too. I believe it is pronounced 'A-owen'.

  4. What a beautiful post. I can tell already that the novel will be enchanting.

  5. I loved this novel so much and how special to hear a little bit more about the author. I'd love to see Alaska some day!

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