Light On Snow
Author: Anita Shreve
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
(December 1, 2006)
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 and an unexpected visitor who soon turns up at their door-a young woman evidently haunted by her own terrible choices-face a thicket of decisions, each seeming to carry equal possibilities of heartbreak and redemption. Writing with all the emotional resonance 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.
This is a book I stumbled across in the library. It is not a new book, the publication date is 2004. It is a haunting story about life, death, and coming of age. Nicky Dillon and her father have experienced great loss after an accident kills mother and younger daughter. The father tries to cope by moving to an isolated part of New Hampshire. One day close to Christmas, Nicky and her father are taking a snowshoe walk in the winter snow, and respond to a baby cry. They are stunned to find a newborn baby girl abandoned in the snow. After the rescue, Nicky is flooded with new emotions. She can’t help but want to keep this baby. After her father takes the baby to the hospital, the babies mother shows up at their home. She is sick and reaching out for a connection to the child. At the same time, Nicky is going through a lot of emotional maturing and is looking for a maternal connection of her own. Father, daughter and stranger must work their way through decisions, each one seeming to carry equal possibilities of heartbreak and redemption.
I think you will find this to be a satisfying, emotional read that will keep you anticipating the next page.