Living in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920’s doesn’t need more challenges than the terrain itself, but Jack and Mabel chose to rough it after the loss of the one child they had wished for.
Not only do they endure the short growing season, minimal resources, and “learning as you go,” but their torture of a childless marriage has grown into a world of silence and little communication.
Whether it’s their great imaginations or an overabundance of unreleased grief, a magical happening occurs when they build a snow-girl. The snow-girl appears randomly and gives them tid-bits of help in tough situations. Naturally, the blustery and frigid winters are the best time for a visit.
Throughout the story Jack and Mabel untie the strings of a big knot of insecurity and learn how to live with the land and each other. Magic or reality??
Eowyn Ivey pulls a Russian short story back to life as she bases her novel on a well-known fable. A nugget of comfort can lead to an unforgettable and heartfelt love.