A parable of change and endings

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Headline Review, €14. Reviewed by Sara Keating.

31st March, 2012
A parable of change and endings
Eowyn Ivey: her native Alaska creates a setting that is at once magical and real.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey


Traditionally, fairytales function as cultural repositories for a society's fears; a safe space in which disruptive rites of passage - death, marriage, emergent sexuality - can be explored. Eowyn Ivey's debut novel draws on fairytales for its inspiration and in its naïf fantastical atmosphere. But The Snow Child sheds the fairytale's typically allegorical function, providing a moving study of childlessness and a portrait of a marriage threatened by disappointment...

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