Shreve, Anita. Light on Snow, A Novel.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

SHREVE, Anita. Light on snow, a novel. Little, Brown, Back Bay. 305p. c2004. 0-316-01067-7. $14.95. SA *

We look for novels published for adults that have immediate appeal for YAs, and Shreve's Light on Snow is just such a book. First of all, it is told in the voice of a 12-year-old girl, Nicky, who lives alone with her father in an isolated setting in New Hampshire. We soon learn they are in their second year of grieving the deaths of the mother and baby sister of the family; Nicky and her father are trying to cope with their overwhelming emotions of loss and grief, and in the differences they are in conflict. Nicky yearns for reconnection, for family: her father is hesitant to make any connections at all. Into this emotional situation, in the snowy winter, comes an almost Christmas-like event: Nicky and her father discover a newborn baby...

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