Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
An Echo Through the Snow: A Novel Hardcover – August 21, 2012
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
“Andrea Thalasinos has written a sensitive and engaging story which beautifully illustrates the ancient human/canine bond. Her rendering of the little known story of the Chukchi people of Siberia is heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. The interwoven stories of Jeaantaa and Rosalie and the dogs that mean so much to them is destined to become a classic.” ―Susan Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of One Good Dog
“The author's love of dogs and the land come shining through in this compelling and evocative novel. Don't pick it up unless you're able to step on the sled, listen to the panting of the dogs and the thump of their paws on the trail while you enjoy the ride--I read it straight through and couldn't put it down.” ―Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. author of The Other End of the Leash
“Powerful debut...stark, gorgeous prose and a timeless story of love realized, lessons learned, and paths taken.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“Beautifully drawn and emotionally resonant.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Delicate and vivid as the beadwork Rosalie works on by night, energetic and fast-paced as the dog teams she handles by day, An Echo Through the Snow is an elaborate weaving of past and present, of two women trapped by their circumstances and determined to set themselves free. I loved this book.” ―Michelle Diener, author of In a Treacherous Court
“If you like dogs, history, and richly drawn characters, An Echo Through the Snow is the book you've been waiting for. Fascinating, and deeply moving.” ―Randi Barrow, author of Saving Zasha
About the Author
ANDREA THALASINOS, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at Madison College. Her respect for huskies grew while she was running her own sled team of six dogs. She helped found a dog rescue group in the upper Midwest for displaced northern breeds. Andrea lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. An Echo Through the Snow is her first novel.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
I also very much enjoyed the dog sledding aspect, the history, breeding and sport, as well as the veterinary. Being around animals much of my life, horses, dogs, cattle, it was very interesting and familiar.
We were stationed in Kodiak, Alaska for three years, so I am also familiar with the environment, weather, the natives, and even the art. This book spoke to me on a lot of levels.
The start was a little rough for me, the writing could use a little help, but I picked this up for sheer pleasure, and once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down.
Luckily, Rosalie MacKenzie works through the situation with Smokey quickly, taking him from a chained up guard dog, barely fed and treated with disrespect, to her own, much-loved dog. This happens early in the book.
Rosalie has a habit of getting fired for a bad attitude. She is sullen and nervous. Having lost her mother at a young age, she raised herself when her father, Arlan, went into alcohol-fueled grief. Once she has Smokey to care for, Rosalie's life expands.
She is taken on as a helper to Jan and Dave, who train dog teams. They are as dedicated to their dogs as most people are to their children. The couple takes to Rosalie right away. She has a way with dogs, reading their body language comes naturally to her. Although she feels pressured to keep stepping up her skills and responsibilities at the kennel, the couple does not waiver in their respect for her. She is given a team to train.
Through them she meets the town vet. He too sees something special in Rosalie when she's with animals. He too pushes her to consider a life beyond her little village of dead ends on Lake Superior.
Woven into the story of Rosalie is the story of the native peoples of Chukchi. Their knowledge of the woods and their respect for life go together in a religious symmetry. They are not, however, especially kind to one another, to their wives, to their children. When the Stalinist Russians overtake their villages, the people are ruthlessly killed, taken to work camps, and split up as families. The story of Jeaantaa, her Guardian dogs, and the brothers Tariem and Uptek, brings in the history of the native people and the use of dogs with dog sleds.
The setting is a character here. From the wild lands around Lake Superior through the pine forests and frozen lake across the Bering Sea to a peninsula of Siberia, Thalasinos uses the setting show the hardships of life in the far reaches of
North America/Asia and the resilience of people who are there permanently. It is not quite the vacationland the summer tourists, oooh and ah over. They come to shoot an animal or take in more fish than they can eat and promptly leave.
Thalasinos examines environmental damage, small-town life, the impact of foreign regimes on native cultures, and the life of dog teams with astute attention to detail all the while telling a story of a young girl saved from a life of low expectations. This is a beautiful book.
We get a hard look at yet another country coming along and trying to over ride the centuries old way of living of their native people. They are no longer allowed to practice their religion, their hunting and gathering tools are taken away and they are forced to live in camps at the whims of the Soviets. It is only with the overthrow of the Soviet empire that these people, what were left of them, were allowed (actually more like abandoned to the elements) to return to their ancestral homelands to try to rebuild their lives. With most of the old people gone and their memories of how to hunt and fish, only Tariem is left to teach the younger villagers how to fish otherwise they would have all died of starvation the winter they were abandoned. If this story of interrupted lives sounds familiar, it is because it is. The US in many ways treated the Eskimo and Native American population much the same way, with trying to take away their religion, their source of food, sent their children to state schools etc. I'm not sure whose bright idea it was to do this to these people, but it was wrong. While this lovely book didn't say it was wrong, it showed how it was wrong and how the people suffered for decisions made about them by people who had never seen those living thousands of miles away from themselves.
While this book could have become a depressing book since it wasn't all wonderful and nothing bad happened to the people, instead when the bad things happened, they try to work through them and carry on. The book ends on a very high positive note, showing how two or more cultures can come together, work and play together as long as they all respect each other and one doesn't try to dominate the others.
I will be looking forward to more books by this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
between then and now. Plus unable to pronounce the names throws me off.Read more