Book picks as published in the December 6, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Snow Child : a novel
By Eowyn Ivey
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of farm work; she crumbling from loneliness. In a moment of levity during the first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning they glimpse a blonde-haired girl running through the trees. Now available as a book club kit.
Hiddensee : a tale of the once and future nutcracker
By Gregory Maguire
Hiddensee imagines the back story of the Nutcracker, revealing how it came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann’s mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier– the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter.