Light on snow book review

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light on snow book review

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

I found the book in a quaint, but minuscule secondhand bookshop in the middle of nowhere. Since Ive read one of the authors books before, I decided to read this one as well. It was such a delight to find in the first place there. It was one of the very few better choices. And I liked the reading experience.

A twelve-year-old girl, Nicky, and her widowed dad, Robert, finds a baby in the snow. The Dillons secluded life out in the New Hampshires woods are suddenly not so simple anymore. They saved the babys life; they were responsible; and brave, but suddenly their lives changed without them being in the drivers seat of their destiny. The follow-up events opens up their hidden feelings which they were unable to share with each other, or the outside world, without them turning the key in the lock of their unspoken private worlds themselves.

It is a book for young adults, I would say, and a really gentle,fast, enjoyable read, but with a deep enough base to have me staying riveted to the story from the beginning to end. The book addresses the different forms of honesty, grief, happiness, love and choices. The young girl observes the events and is introduced into the world of serious issues, bigger than herself, very fast.

A relaxing and feel-good read. The book is also very well written with all the plots coming together perfectly in the end. I would love to read more of the authors books.

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An after-school stroll leads to a life-altering event for widower Robert Dillon and his year-old daughter, Nicky, in this delicate new novel by acclaimed author Shreve All He Ever Wanted , etc. In the woods surrounding their secluded home in Shepherd, N. The infant survives, but the incident leaves its mark. Still recovering from the painful loss of her mother and infant sister two years earlier, and readjusting to the shock of a sudden move from suburban Westchester to rural Shepherd, Nicky struggles to reconcile her innocent notions of adult integrity with the bleak reality of their discovery. The tenuous sense of normalcy Robert manages to sustain is broken with the appearance of Charlotte, the baby's young mother, on his doorstep. Retold 18 years later by an adult Nicky but written in the present tense, the story shifts brilliantly between childlike visions of a simple world and the growing realization of its cruel ambiguities.

Twelve-year-old Nicky and her father are trudging through the New Hampshire snow at dusk when they find an abandoned newborn baby girl. They rescue her, take her to the hospital. And that might be that. Except that Nicky - who two years ago lost both mother and baby sister in a road accident - sees it as more than a coincidence. She pesters her father to adopt the baby. Doesn't he feel that their own baby has somehow been restored to them by this event? He is barely able to answer.

Please take a moment to review Hachette Book Group's updated Privacy Policy: read the updated policy here. We use cookies to enhance your visit to us. By using our website you agree to our use of these cookies. Find out more. Full of emotional depth, it's not a comfortable read but one that will stay with you a long time. Oprah says that if a book doesn't grab her in the first 50 pages, she moves on.

Julie Myerson finds it hard to warm to Anita Shreve's tale of loss and grief, Light on Snow. Twelve-year-old Nicky and her father are trudging through the New Hampshire snow at dusk when they find an abandoned newborn baby girl. She pesters her father to adopt the baby.
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Sign up for our newsletters! This is a book to read when a blizzard is coming, you're fixed cozily under a quilt, and you know there's enough milk in the house for a couple of days. The wintry New England landscape parallels the physical and emotional isolation of her father-and-daughter protagonists, and her writing, spare and unshowy, has near-perfect pitch. Twelve-year-old Nicky Dillon short for Nicole and her father, Robert, are snowshoeing along on a walk in the woods when they find an abandoned baby in the snow, a girl. They rush her to the hospital, and her life is saved. But the major emotional event of the story has occurred before the book even begins, for Nicky and Robert are outsiders both by virtue of their location the farmhouse they live in is at the end of a long, badly rutted road and because of the car accident that killed Nicky's mother and her baby sister, Clara, three years ago.

With twelve-year old Nicky and few personal possessions, they settle in a remote area of New Hampshire, isolated from an intrusive world. Here Robert provides minimal comforts for what is left of their family, with no television or newspaper service, moving through the weighty days with a minimum of effort. As stricken as her father by their terrible loss, Nicky struggles to define the new world suddenly thrust upon her. Eventually, father and daughter establish a functional routine, but their sparsely furnished rooms ring with emptiness. On one of their scheduled late afternoon walks, the frigid landscape draped with lengthening shadows that make it difficult to see, Nicky and Robert stumble across a newborn, drawn by its faint mewling.

Past tense is as important as present tense in Anita Shreve's delicate story of growing emotional and physical maturity, glimpsed and gained through two painful years of memories and hope. As Light on Snow opens, year-old Nicky Dillon telling the story 22 years later doesn't realize the unreality of the life she and her father are living after the traumatic loss of her mother and baby sister in a car wreck. After the accident, the grieving survivors moved to another state and began a shadowy existence, separating themselves from all the people and habits that marked their former life. All that changes when, shortly before Christmas, Nicky and her father discover a newborn baby girl left in the snowy woods to die. The police seem to take a quizzical view of their discovery could the secretive Robert Dillon be the baby's father? When a hurting stranger shows up at their door a few days later, Nicky finds herself yearning for connections that promise a return to normal family life once again. Anita Shreve has written 10 other well-received novels, each one in a deceptively simple style that teases human insights out of straightforward prose.

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