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Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
  

Light on Snow

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I read this author’s first novel, Eden Close, and just knew that one day she would become a star. It’s taken longer than I’d expected and an Oprah Winfrey Book Club choice in America to really draw her out but now a star she most certainly is. This is her eleventh novel, a poignant, sensitive tale of loss and loneliness and one of her best. So, if you have not tried her, you are in for a treat and you have lots more as you devour her back list. Weight of Water is another stunner.

Read by Patricia Rodriquez
Abridged on 5 CDs
Running time approx 6 hours

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Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

‘I watched my father run forward in his snowshoes the way one sometimes does in dreams, unable to make the legs move fast enough. I ran to the place where he knelt. I looked down into the sleeping bag. A tiny face gazed up at me, the eyes wide despite their many folds. The baby was wrapped in a bloody towel, and its lips were blue.’

The events of a December afternoon on which a father and his daughter find an abandoned infant in the snow will forever alter eleven-year-old Nicky Dillon's understanding of the world which she is about to enter and the adults who inhabit it: a father who has taken great pains to remove himself from society in order to put behind him an unthinkable tragedy; a young woman who must live with the consequences of the terrible choices she has made; and a detective whose cleverness is superseded only by his sense of justice. Written from the point of view of thirty-year-old Nicky as she recalls the vivid images of that fateful December, hers is a tale of love and courage, of tragedy and redemption, and of the ways in which the human heart always seeks to heal itself.

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This story touches the very deepest human emotions ... Chaucerian in its intense sympathy and its appealing universality ... Shreve's style is fluent and unpretentious, with an irresistible rhythmic and narrative impetus that keeps you up, reading ever faster, all night ... Perceptive, gripping and ultimately exhilarating, this is a very fine book indeed Sue Gaisford, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Anita Shreve's eleventh novel plunges the reader straight into a gripping narrative ... This is Shreve at her poised best, and her controlled, crisply understated prose makes her emotive subject all the more affecting DAILY MAIL Full of emotional depth, it's not a comfortable read but one that will stay with you a long time. Oprah says that if a book doesn't grab her in the first 50 pages, she moves on. There'll be no need for that 'Read it - Star Choice
DAILY MIRROR

'Emotionally rich ... it's the literary equivalent of a snuggly blanket on a snowy night''


About the Author

Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the author of fifteen best-selling novels which have spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller Lists. The Weight of Water was short listed for the Orange Prize and The Pilot’s Wife was selected by Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Book club’ series. Shreve started her writing career as a journalist and her award-winning short stories and non-fiction have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Esquire. Shreve is married to a man she met when she was 13. She has two children and three stepchildren and lives in Massachusetts.

Anita Shreve was our Author of the Month in February 2012.

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Publication date

7th October 2004

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Anita Shreve

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Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Audio Cd (performance / Spoken Word)
1 pages
Running Time: 360 minutes

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781405500326

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