'Light On Snow'
By: Anita Shreve
(Hardcover / 368 Pages / Little, Brown / ISBN: 031600071X / $24.95)
Description: The events of a December afternoon, during which a father and his daughter find an abandoned infant in the snow, will forever alter the 11-year-old girls understanding of the world and the adults who inhabit it: a father who has taken great pains to remove himself from society in order to put an unthinkable tragedy behind him; a young woman who must live with the consequences of the terrible choices she has made; and a detective whose cleverness is exceeded only by his sense of justice.
Verdict: Written from the point of view of 30-year-old Nicky as she recalls the vivid images of that fateful December, her tale is one of love and courage, of tragedy and redemption, and of the ways in which the human heart always seeks to heal itself.The prolific Shreve has been a fixture on best-seller lists ever since Oprah picked The Pilot's Wife (1998) as one of her book-club selections. In her latest, Robert Dillon and his 12-year-old daughter, Nicky, discover a newborn baby abandoned in the snowy woods. As they rush the baby to the hospital, Nicky senses that the vulnerable infant has somehow unleashed her and her father's private demons. Nicky lost her mother and baby sister in an automobile accident more than a year earlier; her father's response to his overwhelming grief was to uproot them from their life in New York and move to rural New Hampshire. He has purposefully isolated himself from the outside world, keeping contact with other people to a minimum. But now the abandoned baby has forced them to act, and the two are suddenly plunged into dealing with the world-weary detective who catches the case and, later, with the distraught mother of the baby, who ends up snowbound in their house for days. Her presence forces Nicky and her father to move beyond their personal tragedy. 'Light On Snow' is another brilliant and beautiful contemporary novel about love and memory from the author of the bestselling novels 'All He Ever Wanted' and 'The Pilots Wife'. Trust me, this book will hook you in from page one, pull you along and won't let you go until the final words have been spoken ... buy this book TODAY!
Reviewed by Marlon Sherwood