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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
All books have titles, but few books are as perfectly titled as acclaimed poet Jill Bialosky's House Under Snow. For the characters in her first novel are truly residents of a house buried under the weight of frozen emotions. Trapped in a place of rare light and no sign of spring, Lilly Crane and her teenage daughter, Anna, are tragic figures in this sensuous, luminously written coming-of-age tale; unwilling participants in a drama that threatens to spin out of control.
In Discover, we've read countless novels of daughters struggling to wrench free from the tyranny of a destructive or narcissistic mother, but Lilly Crane is a thoroughly credible product of a bygone era. Born at a time when a woman's best assets were her abilities to attract a man and keep a nice home, Lilly is emotionally paralyzed when her husband dies as a result of a fall. A young widow, the emotionally destitute Lilly is unable to construct a new life for herself or to meet the demands of parenting her children. They are left to fend for themselves, and to find love where they can -- but that place will surely not be home. (Summer 2002 Selection)