Monday, August 31, 2009

Books: Light on Snow

Light on Snow
By Anita Shreve
Copyright 2004
Audio book
6.5 hours
Read by Alyson Silverman

This is one of the better books I have read in a while. Twelve-year-old Nicky is dealing with a grieving father two years after her mother and her baby sister Clara were killed in a car wreck. Dad uprooted himself and his daughter and fled their life in New York, settling in a remote area of New Hampshire. He turned into a reclusive furniture maker who did not take a lot of baths.

Nicky settled into school and was doing her best to keep to a routine, even though her father would not allow TV or newspapers into the house (he feared bad news). They had a habit of walking in the woods after she came from school.

One snowy day in early December, they heard a cry. Following the sound, they came across an abandoned baby in a sleeping bag. Dad grabbed up the child and they hustled the little girl to a hospital.

Life took different turns from there, what with the attention of the rescue and the ensuing investigation. Also, Christmas was coming and Nicky was anticipating her grandmother's visit. A few people even dropped in to buy furniture for holiday presents.

Twelve is a strange age, a time of growing up. Add the complications of strangers and you have a coming-of-age story that should not be missed.


  1. Thanks for the review. Did you get that book on cd at Fincastle Library? I think I need to get some books on cd for baking day.

  2. Ginger, I did get it at Fincastle. Books on CD are great when you're working or in the car.

  3. Sounds like a winner. I'll add it to my list!

  4. Shreve is one of my favorite writers...great review!

  5. I'll definitely have to read that one. My daughter is 13 and we are also in a (kind of) remote area where we don't know anyone and as I think you know, we've had some terrible sadness and stress. But SHE'S the one who doesn't want to see the news. All she will watch nowadays is game shows. We've been watching The Price is Right and Password and Family Feud and Pyramid till we're blue in the face. They're neutral and safe I guess.


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