Sunday, December 20, 2009
Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
I am very, very quickly becoming a huge fan of this author! This is the third novel of hers that I've read - again the storyline focuses on the way people handle some sort of crisis. In Light on Snow, the crisis happens in the first chapter: a father and daughter are out snowshoeing close to Christmas time and they find a newborn baby, wrapped in a sleeping bag, left to die in the bush. They pick her up, rush her to the hospital, and luckily she lives. But that is just the beginning of the story. We learn about the reasons behind why the father and daughter are living in a remote cabin in New England. We see the story through the eyes of a stranger who comes to their home to buy the father's handcrafted furniture. This novel takes place over only a few days, but Shreve covers so much emotional ground in that short period. This tale has the immediacy of a short story, but the depth of a novel. Another excellent read!