Best-selling author Anita Shreve has chosen as her latest protagonist a 12-year-old girl, whose life has not just been touched by tragedy, but blown apart by it. Nicky and her father have moved to a remote house on the outskirts of a remote village somewhere in New Hampshire, following a road accident which has wiped out the rest of their family. Nicky¹s father would like to live like a hermit, but recognises, even through his intense grief, that 12-year-olds need many things the world has to offer.
And then, one afternoon, just as the light is beginning to fade, a brief walk in the snow-swept woods surrounding their home and a chance encounter brings father and daughter unexpectedly together. United in their shock at finding a newborn baby wrapped in a bloody sleeping bag, they move heaven and earth to save her life. They manage to get the infant to hospital, yet despite an outpouring of emotion, the pair soon start to fall back into their old ways; tiptoeing carefully around each other, fearing to speak the name of their grief, pretending at normality. Until, that is, a pretty young woman comes knocking on their door and all three are forced to question their motives and look into each other¹s hearts.
Light on Snow is a beautifully sad reflection on life and loss, grief and hope and recognising the time in our lives to forgive others and ourselves and move forward. Anita Shreve has proved once again that she is a gifted exponent of the human psyche and the dual frailty and immense strength of the human spirit.
'A treat to read . . . LIGHT ON SNOW is a gem of a book by the daintiest of storytellers' -- Max Davidson, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'A well-observed study of the ways in which children educate their parents in times of acute uncertainty and grief' -- TELEGRAPH
'An interesting study of the aftermath of loss' -- SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
'Emotionally rich . . . its the literary equivalent of a snuggly blanket on a snowy night' -- MARIE CLAIRE
'Touching, restrained and totally convincing . . . certain to give you and your reading group plenty to think about -- DAILY MAIL
A newborn baby is found in the snow by Nicky, a 12-year-old girl out walking with her father . . . Emotional stuff -- WOMAN
An interesting study of the aftermath of loss -- SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
Full of emotional depth, its not a comfortable read but one that will stay with you a long time' -- Read it - Star Choice DAILY MIRROR
Keeps you up, reading ever faster, all night . . . Perceptive, gripping and ultimately exhilarating, this is a very fine book indeed -- Sue Gaisford, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
This is a touching story of how families cope with tragedy and is another example of Shreves fine storytelling -- WOMANS WEEKLY