Tuesday, February 7, 2012

THE SNOW CHILD: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

  GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE SHOW CHILD
BY EOWYN IVEY

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
 
PRAISE FOR THE SNOW CHILD:
"A fluid, absorbing, beautifully executed debut novel; highly recommended."
—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal, starred review

"The book's tone throughout has a lovely push and pull—Alaska's punishing landscape and rough-hewn residents pitted against Faina's charmed appearances—and the ending is both surprising and earned. A fine first novel that enlivens familiar themes of parenthood and battles against nature."
Kirkus Review

"In her debut novel, Ivey has achieved what can often take half a lifetime for other writers. She has re-created an entire world—both physically and emotionally—and married them into a unique narrative of heartstopping beauty... It's a triumph.."
—Christie Hickman, S Magazine, UK
"If Willa Cather and Gabriel García Marquéz had collaborated on a book, The Snow Child would be it. It is a remarkable accomplishment—a combination of the most delicate, ethereal, fairytale magic and the harsh realities of homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness in 1918. Stunningly conceived, beautifully told..."  
—Robert Goolrick, (A Reliable Wife)

"The Snow Child is enchanting from beginning to end. Ivey breathes life into an old tale and makes it as fresh as the season's first snow. Simply lovely." 
—Keith Donohue (The Stolen Child)

"...an amazing achievement.... The Snow Child is no ordinary read" 
—Sena Jeter Naslund (Ahab's Wife, most recently Adam & Eve)

"This book is real magic, shot through from cover to cover with the cold, wild beauty of the Alaskan frontier. Eowyn Ivey writes with all the captivating delicacy of the snowfalls she so beautifully describes." 
—Ali Shaw (The Girl With Glass Feet)

"The Snow Child is a vivid story of isolation and hope on the Alaska frontier, a narrative of struggle with the elements and the elemental conflict between one's inner demons and dreams, and the miracle of human connection and community in a spectacular, dangerous world. You will not soon forget this story of learning to accept the gifts that fate and love can bring." 
—Robert Morgan (Gap Creek)

"Eowyn Ivey's exquisite debut transports the reader away to a world almost out of time, into a fairytale destined to both chill and delight. Her portrayal of an untamed Alaska is so detailed you can feel the snowflakes on your own eyelashes, even as her characters' desperate quest for, and ultimate redemption by, love will warm your heart."
—Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eowyn LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. She received her BA in journalism and minor in creative writing through the honors program at Western Washington University, studied creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska Anchorage graduate program, and worked for nearly 10 years as an award-winning reporter at the Frontiersman newspaper. This is her first novel.    
                              



GIVEAWAY 

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT LITTLE, BROWN, AND HACHETTE BOOKS,
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS MARVELOUS
BOOK BY EOWYN IVEY TO GIVE AWAY
TO THREE LUCKY WINNERS
 
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HOW TO ENTER:


+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT THE SNOW CHILD THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG AND/OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK HERE AND LEAVE ME YOUR LINK

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING AT EOWYN IVEY'S WEBSITE HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON A CURRENT GIVEAWAY THAT YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU MAY COMMENT SEPARATELY FOR EACH TO RECEIVE MORE ENTRIES
 
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, FEBRUARY 20
GOOD LUCK! 

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