Nominated by:

Stichting Bibliotheek Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Library of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Publisher of nominated edition:

Headline Review, UK

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey      

2014 Longlist

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?

The Snow Child was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

(From Publisher)

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 the Frontiersman newspaper and won a number of awards, including Best Non-Daily Columnist from the Alaska Press Club. Several of her short stories have been published in the anthology, Cold Flashes, and the literary journal, Cirque. Eowyn lives in Alaska with her husband and two daughters. The Snow Child is her debut novel.

Librarian’s Comments

A spellbinging and haunting novel that skilfully blends fantasy and reality. The tale of Jack and Mabel is played out against the harsh Alaskan landscape as they search to find meaning in their lives after the still birth of their child. Intriguing twists and turns and lyrical prose make this a book that is hard to put down.

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