Nominated by:

Bibliotheken der Stadt Mainz, Germany

Universitätsbibliothek Bern, Switzerland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Fourth Estate, UK

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, USA

The Snow Queen

Michael Cunningham      

2016 Longlist

Walking through Central Park, Barrett Meeks sees a translucent light in the sky that regards him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn’t believe in visions – or in God – but he can’t deny what he’s seen. In nearby Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, is trying – and failing – to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Barrett turns unexpectedly to religion, while Tyler grows convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers.

The Snow Queen is beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and now lives in New York. His first novel A Home at the End of the World was published in 1990, and his second, Flesh and Blood in 1995. The Hours was awarded both the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award and made into an internationally acclaimed, Oscar-winning film. Specimen Days is his most recent novel. He has written one non-fiction book, Land’s End: A Walk Through Provincetown. He lives in New York.

Librarian’s Comments

Interesting adaptation of a Danish fairy tale, postponing the story to the years of George W. Bush’s second presidential term. Two symbiotically living brothers experience a magical phenomenon, that might save them from the onrushing evil.

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