As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway

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"Anna Cayne had moved here in August, just before our sophomore year in high school, but by February she had, one by one, killed everyone in town." Anna—who prefers to be called Anastasia—is a slightly spooky and complicated high school girl with a penchant for riddles, Houdini tricks, and ghost stories. She spends much of her time writing obituaries for every living person in town. She is unlike anyone the narrator has ever known, and they make an unlikely, though happy, pair.

Then a week before Valentine's Day, Anna disappears, leaving behind only a dress placed neatly near a hole in the frozen river, and a string of unanswered questions. Desperate to find her, or at least to comprehend what happened and why, the narrator begins to reconstruct the past five months. And soon the fragments of curious events, intimate conversations, secrets, and peculiar letters (and the anonymous messages that continue to arrive) coalesce into haunting and surprising revelations that may implicate friends, relatives, and even Anna herself.


About Gregory Galloway

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Gregory Galloway received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first novel, As Simple as Snow, was a recipient of the Alex Award. This is his first YA novel.
Published March 7, 2006 by Berkley. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Business & Economics, Romance. Fiction

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Engagingly written debut about a mysterious teenage girl's disappearance, and more's the pity: if Galloway were less sure and fluent, readers would be less likely to jump through his hoops before realizing he didn't know why they were doing it, either.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of As Simple as Snow

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It turns out that snow is "actually very complicated," and so is Galloway's quirky, engrossing debut. In a small town near a river not far from a city, the narrator, an unnamed high sch

Feb 07 2005 | Read Full Review of As Simple as Snow

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