The Snow Child summary by Zeyn Joukhadar (Author)
The Snow Child revolves around a Russian fairy tale – about a snow girl “Snegurochka” – roughly translated Snow Maiden. A girl half-snow and half human leads us to the opening of the book.
The story takes place in the cold cold Alaska in the year 1920. Not much different from Alaska today, they place is too brutal to be called home. For Jack and Mabel, a married couple that are unable to conceive a child. The whirlwinds from the outside and inside drift them apart. Day by day, they grow more and more unhappy, of each other and of the weight of grief.
While Mabel crumbles down from her own despair and loneliness, Jack ploughs away in the backbreaker of farm life. In a moment of buoyancy in the first snow, the couple builds themselves a child made of snow – just like the children would. In the morning after, the snowchild is no where to be found, instead there is a young, blonde-haired girl evinced in the woods. Running through the forest, the girl is named Faina.
With a red fox of her side, the girl skillfully glides through the snow, hunts for food with the aide of a red fox, and survives all by her own amidst the cruelness of Alaskan nature. Longing for a bond that could bind them together, Jack and Mabel takes her in as their own daughter and begins a a new page of life that resembles a fairy tale.
First released in 2012, the story has remained a huge page-turner for its allure and fascination. Making the readers invested emotionally from the first pages. The plot is mixed with history, and built around the difficult homestead in the base of Alaska. All emotions are evoked, sadness, chill, mystery, magical, all the while so relatable.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
"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, author of Gap Creek