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Light on Snow - Anita Shreve
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Light on Snow - Anita Shreve
Date: 15/08/09, updated on 15/08/09 (43 review reads)
Advantages: Good story, emotive storytelling.
Disadvantages: A little bit dreary in places.
On one of my many book hunting trips to my local charity shop this book caught my eye, mainly due to it's interesting cover of half the face of a young girl, so I checked out the write up on the back and I saw it was definately one to add to my collection and I'm glad I did.
The story of Light on snow is told from the perspective of a 12 year old girl called Nicky, who along with her father moved from Massachusetts to a small farm in New England after the death of her mother and baby sister in a tragic car accident.
Her father left his high powered job in the city to move to New England and make furniture from the trees on the land surrounding their farm, as a way of escaping the memories of the death of his beloved with wife and child. And although he wants to live life away from civilisation, he wants his 12 year old daughter to live a normal life.
The story is centred around an afternoon walk young Nicky and her father take, and on this day they decide to take a different route to normal when they hear what sounds like a cat mewing, but upon closer inspection it is found to be a tiny baby wrapped only in a blanket, who if Nicky and her father hadn't happened open it would probably have died in the freezing cold and snow. They take the baby back to the house, before informing the police of their discovery. A discovery which raises all sorts of question in the mind of young Nicky. What was the baby doing left abandoned in the snow? Where are the parents? How could you leave your child to die?
Then when a teenager visitor to the house admits she is the mother of the baby found in the woods and not just someone looking for a furniture peice for her mother. Nicky hopes to find answers but does she get the answers she is looking for or just more questions?
A gripping novel from author Anita Shreve, the first of her books I have read, and will definately try another one. She managed to bring in some powerful emotions to this interesting story.
It's makes you wonder about how hard things have been for 12 year old Nicky, being taken away from her life after the loss of her mother and baby sister, and brought to a new isolated home, with a father who doesn't seem to be able to mourn.
Although in some ways very mature, you also see she is a still a young girl who is looking for a female figure to help her with some of the feelings she doesn't understand when her and her father find the small baby abandoned in the snow.
Some very emotive and heartwarming storytelling from Anita Shreve definately one to read when you have a day off, as I managed to get through the whole book in one day, as with only 272 pages it's short enough. But I think that adds to the value of the book with the fact that there isn't time for the author to add in unnecessary details that might otherwise take away from the great story.
Summary: A good novel for a rainy day.