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The Snow Queen

By Michael Cunningham

The Snow Queen
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  • Hardcover: May 2014,
    272 pages.

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This complex novel evaluates family dynamics and love in their myriad manifestations.

Michael Cunningham's provocative book, The Snow Queen, shares the same title as the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about good and evil but veers far from the classic story. Within a contemporary context, his novel explores the gray areas between the two extremes: the vicissitudes of ordinary existence that capriciously elevate or deplete the human soul.

Cunningham is the author of many novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hours, published in 1998, and By Nightfall, released in 2010. The Snow Queen explores similar themes from these earlier works: brotherhood, marriage, middle age, gay and straight relationships, and caring for a dying loved one. The novel also fully possesses his distinctive style that matured after his poignant 1990 debut A Home at the End of the World. In this most recent offering, Cunningham's prose is meticulously crafted. His ruminations...

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