by Anita Shreve
Category: Fiction / S - U
Publication date: 4 March 2005
Number of pages: 288
'I watched my father run forward in his snowshoes the way one sometimes does in dreams, unable to make the legs move fast enough. I ran to the place where he knelt. I looked down into the sleeping bag. A tiny face gazed up at me, the eyes wide despite their many folds. The baby was wrapped in a bloody towel, and its lips were blue.' The events of a December afternoon on which a father and his daughter find an abandoned infant in the snow will forever alter eleven-year-old Nicky Dillon's understanding of the world which she is about to enter and the adults who inhabit it: a father who has taken great pains to remove himself from society in order to put behind him an unthinkable tragedy; a young woman who must live with the consequences of the terrible choices she has made; and a detective whose cleverness is superseded only by his sense of justice. Written from the point of view of thirty-year-old Nicky as she recalls the vivid images of that fateful December, hers is a tale of love and courage, of tragedy and redemption, and of the ways in which the human heart always seeks to heal itself.
What the papers say:
'Shreve's style is fluent and unpretentious, with an irresistible rhythmic and narrative impetus that keeps you up, reading ever faster, all night...Perceptive, gripping and ultimately exhilarating, this is a very fine book indeed' Sue Gaisford, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY *'This is Shreve at her poised best, and her controlled, crisply understated prose makes her emotive subject all the more affecting' DAILY MAIL * 'In a world teeming with novels which do not live up to their hype, it is a treat to read one whose emotional depth belies its simple- seeming exterior. LIGHT ON SNOW is a gem of a book by the daintiest of storytellers' Max Davidson, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *'Full of emotional depth, it's not a comfortable read but one that will stay with you a long time' Star Choice, DAILY MIRROR *'Emotionally rich...it's the literary equivalent of a snuggly blanket on a snowy night' MARIE CLAIRE *'Shreve delivers a skilled and very readable book' SUNDAY TRIBUNE (IRELAND).
Anita Shreve is the author of ten critically acclaimed and bestselling novels, all published in Abacus paperback.
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