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An after-school stroll leads to a life-altering event for widower Robert Dillon and his 12-year-old daughter, Nicky, in this delicate new novel by acclaimed author Shreve (All He Ever Wanted,etc.). In the woods surrounding their secluded home in Shepherd, N.H., Robert and Nicky make a startling discovery—a baby abandoned and left to die in the snow. The infant survives, but the incident leaves its mark. Still recovering from the painful loss of her mother and infant sister two years earlier, and readjusting to the shock of a sudden move from suburban Westchester to rural Shepherd, Nicky struggles to reconcile her innocent notions of adult integrity with the bleak reality of their discovery. The tenuous sense of normalcy Robert manages to sustain is broken with the appearance of Charlotte, the baby's young mother, on his doorstep. Retold 18 years later by an adult Nicky but written in the present tense, the story shifts brilliantly between childlike visions of a simple world and the growing realization of its cruel ambiguities. Aside from a few saccharine moments and a rather pat ending, Shreve does a skilled job of portraying grief, conflict and anger while leaving room for hope, redemption and renewal. Her characters are sympathetic without being pitiable, and her prose remains deceptively simple and eloquent throughout.
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Critics agree that Light on Snow is not Shreves best work. One called it simplistic, while another complained that the characters actions were not believable. Some questioned Shreves decision to tell the story from the point of view of an adult Nicky, whose removal from the events deprives the narrative of immediacy. Several readers did find Nickys story affecting, and Shreve devotees may enjoy this book as a lesser effort by a favorite author. Those seeking an introduction to her work, however, might look for a different place startThe Pilots Wife, perhaps.
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I've read a lot of books by Anita Shreve, and I keep wishing I could honestly give one a 5-star review. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Peggy Vincent
This was probably the best Anita Shreve book I have ever read. I was hooked from the first page and continued to read at every opportunity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by bookwormbug
This book had been sitting on my bookshelves for years. I must have purchased it at a book sale or yard sale because someone's name is on the front page. I absolutely loved it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by EllenCam
A pretty good story, would make a good made for TV movie. I liked the father-daughter characters, the way they interacted with each other. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jjkaiser
The story was captivating, I kept reading to find out what was going to happen.
I always enjoy this author's work.
My daughter recommended this book and she was right. It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it.Published 4 months ago by suzee
She never lets you down. Ms. Shreve comes up with unique plots and characters. Most prolific writers write cookie cutter books. With Shreve, every book is fresh and new. Read morePublished 6 months ago by elmocook
After his wife and infant daughter are killed in a Christmas auto accident, New York architect Robert Dillon abandons his successful life and takes his remaining child and moves to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Toni V. Sweeney