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One aspect of magic realism is that its inspiration is often traditional tales. In the case of Gabriel García Márquez, it was the stories he grew up with in Aracataca, Colombia. American author Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel, The Snow Child, set in 1920s Alaska, was inspired by a Russian fairy tale.
Like Where the Crawdads Sing, this is a book with a strong sense of place that arouses true passion among its fans. A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Ivey’s debut novel The Snow Child tells the story of Alaskan homesteaders Jack and Mabel. After burying their new-born baby, the couple move to the Alaskan wilderness in hopes of starting afresh—but under the weight of the unforgiving landscape and crippling grief, the pair begin to break. That is until Faina, a mysterious little girl with a red fox for a companion appears. Loosely based on the Russian folktale, The Snow Child is a magical exploration of motherhood, endurance, and grief.
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