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4.0 out of 5 stars A moving tale of grief, life and loss, 3 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Light On Snow (Paperback)
I'm a big Anita Shreve fan and I certainly wasn't disappointed in this novel, which is a moving tale of grief, life and loss. Shreve's prose is always so eloquent and beautifully written and this time she has chosen a twelve year old girl to be the main protagonist of the story, which has added a different depth to her writing. Though this book wasn't perhaps admittedly as strong as `Fortune's Rocks' or `All he ever wanted' it was a reflective, insightful read that I will remember.

The book is based in New Hampshire in winter. Whilst out walking in the woods one day, twelve-year-old Nicky and her reclusive father (both still grieving for family members they lost two years previously), stumble across a newborn baby who has been abandoned in the snowy woods. Saving the baby's life forces the two of them to confront their own emotions and loss and how they can move forward with their own lives.

This was a beautifully written tale with good, solid character development. It is most definitely a character driven story as once the main event has occurred, the plot moves around the actions of Nicky and her dad so it definitely looks at the human psyche in great detail. I would say Shreve has managed to get into her characters heads very well and they are very believable. I like the paradigms created between Nicky and her father's loss and the situation around the baby and its mother- it was an interesting dynamic in the story.

For me, the book loses one star merely because the ending was perhaps a touch too ambiguous for my liking. I would have liked the ending to have been wrapped up a little more tightly. Despite this though, this is still a book I would recommend if you are a Shreve fan, or are a fan of Diane Chamberlain or Jodi Picoult. It is a sensitive, moving read. If you do enjoy this book then I would say to please try Shreve's others as well- she is a fantastic writer.
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