By now you might have heard that this year’s selection for the “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” program is Eowyn Ivey’s first (and only, so far) novel, The Snow Child. The book is a novelization of a folktale about a childless couple adopting a magical child, combined with a survival story set in 1920s Alaska. As light as the folktale might sound, the book actually begins with an attempted suicide. “Huh?” you might be asking, but you’ll have to read it to find out more. The author (her first name is pronounced “Ay-oh-win,” and, yes, she is named after a Tolkien character) will be in Rochester March 19-21. You can find out more at Writers & Books, the literary organization sponsoring the big-read program and the author’s visit. At this site, there’s a full schedule of the program’s events, including those attended by the author, an interview with Ivey, and even a study guide to the book.
The Snow Child is also the January selection of The Buffalo News Book Club, which featured a story about Ivey last week. Coincidence? Perhaps, but when a book is a Pulitzer Prize nominee as this one is, it tends to get a lot of attention.