Light on Snow, by Anita Shreve and Alyson Silverman (Narrator)
I started this book thinking it would be a mystery and then realized it was a story of a young girl's passing from puberty into young womanhood. Not only does she have to face the trials and tribulations of growing up, she has to deal with the loss of her mother and her baby sister and the effect their deaths have on her grieving father. I was impressed with Nicky's ability to face the hardships that led her to such early maturity. This seven-CD, seven-hour book would be ideal for a road trip with more than one person in the car, because it has a different message for each listener.
Anita Shreve is so adept at characterization
and description that the listener feels part of the characters'
lives, the plot and the setting. She has crafted this story
so skillfully that I felt I was there on snowshoes with Nicky
and her father, hearing a baby cry. When she described the
melting snow falling off the pine limbs, I could feel the
cold trickle down the back of my neck and chill my spine.
The reader, Alyson Silverman, does an admirable job with the
voices of her characters, making the listener feel like Nicky
as she faces each day's experiences.
One of the reasons I thoroughly enjoyed this book was for the awareness it gave me in realizing that life can change so quickly. It moved me to understand that life can bring us sadness, but can make us appreciate the chance to change sadness to happiness.