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The Snow Child

A Novel

by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
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    Feb 2012, 400 pages
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    Nov 2012, 416 pages

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Snegurochka

Snegurochka

The Snow Child is based on a Russian fairy tale, Snegurochka. As told in the English versions (Arthur Ransome's "Little Daughter of the Snow," from Old Peter's Russian Tales and Andrew Lang's "Snowflake," from The Pink Fairy Book), a childless couple builds a girl out of the snow in a fit of playfulness, and she comes to life.

Snow Maiden Ivey's book more closely follows Ransome's version, which also plays a part in the novel. After Faina appears, Mabel recalls a fairytale that her father, a professor of literature, used to read to her from a Russian text. When she recovers the book, she returns to it again and again in both fear and hope, mining it for clues and answers to Faina's fate. If you don't want to find out what happens to Faina, don't read the fairy tales first - the novel reveals details of the fairytales at key points as Mabel discovers them, and the parallels are quite magical.

The original Russian version of Snegurochka inspired a play by ...

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