Once Upon a Time in Alaska: The Snow Child

Dear Reader:

The Discover selection committee readers and I knew almost immediately that we had something special in The Snow Child. This captivating novel — a love letter to resilient, independent spirits and the sweeping Alaskan terrain — is an absolute pleasure to read.

This is what just one of the Discover readers had to say about this Spring 2012 pick: “The Snow Child offers a great blend of realism and enchantment. While the stark pastoral setting and enduring characters are notable enough, Ivey also delivers a wondrous retelling of a Russian fairytale, in which the characters become aware of the classic story as they experience it, and along with the reader, wonder if it’s possible to change the ending. This will be a memorable debut.”

We hope you enjoy Eowyn Ivey’s sure-handed first novel as much as we did.

Cheers, Miwa


Miwa Messer

Miwa Messer is the Director of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, which was established in 1990 to highlight works of exceptional literary quality that might otherwise be overlooked in a crowded book marketplace. Titles chosen for the program are handpicked by a select group of our booksellers four times a year. Click here for  submission guidelines.