Saturday, November 10, 2012
The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey
This is the story of a lonely older couple who "adopt" a feral child. But is the child real or imaginary? Even as the reader, one isn't sure of the existence of the snow child. She exists where a normal man would have frozen or starved to death. She disappears when the snow does and returns each fall with the first flakes. But whether she is real or imaginary, she brings joy and pleasure to the lonely couple who rekindle their own relationship as a result of their new family dynamic.
A simple yet complex story, very different from most I've read. Four of five shots.