Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

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What makes a family? That's what twelve-year-old Nicky Dillon wonders after she and her widowed father discover a wailing, abandoned baby in the snow-filled woods near their New Hampshire home. Through the days that follow, the Dillons face a thicket of decisions, each seeming to carry equal possibilities of heartbreak or redemption.
Writing with all the emotional richness that has drawn millions of readers around the world to her fiction, Anita Shreve unfolds in Light on Snow a tender and surprising novel about love and its consequences.

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About Anita Shreve

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Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England's Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.
Published October 1, 2004 by Little, Brown and Company. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Looking back on these events at age 30—for no evident reason except to give us some reassuring flash-forwards at the close—Nicky mingles the gradual unfolding of Charlotte’s story (the rotten father exposed the baby and lied to her about it) with her memories of Mom and Clara and her worries abou...

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Light on Snow by Anita Shreve 320pp, Little, Brown, £14.99 Twelve-year-old Nicky and her father are trudging through the New Hampshire snow at dusk when they find an abandoned newborn baby girl.

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But the major emotional event of the story has occurred before the book even begins, for Nicky and Robert are outsiders both by virtue of their location (the farmhouse they live in is at the end of a long, badly rutted road) and because of the car accident that killed Nicky's mother and her baby ...

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Thirty years old Nicky looks back at the event that changed her and her father from gloom and depression to hope for the future.

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Judy Budz Washington Post 3.5 of 5 Stars "The images of Nicky’s father alone with his grief or the moment when Nicky menstruates for the first time with no mother with whom to discuss it are authentic and poignant.

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