With the Easter and Passover holidays and the early Spring here in Chicago, I have rejuvenation on the brain. Also, when I was working on my annotated list of Titanic books last week, I noticed that many of those books also had a rejuvenation theme; most were about how people moved on after surviving the sinking.
So as an antidote to the Disastrous Fiction display I mentioned last week (which goes up in the Library on 4/11), let's talk rejuvenation today.
A book I just finished (but have not written my review for yet) that popped immediately into my head was The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This novel is set in 1920s Alaska and is based on an old Russian folktale where a lonely, childless couple create a child out of snow. The two main draws to this book are the amazing descriptions of the landscape and the theme of rejuvenation. The novel reads like an old fashioned fairy tale itself. While the ending is not happily ever after (which we are warned will happen multiple time throughout the novel), the ending is bittersweet and heartwarming, with the snow child being responsible for the rejuvenation of many characters. I will have a full review soon.
But enough from me. Monday's are all about you. What book popped in your head when I ask for a "rejuvenating read?" It can be like my suggestion, a title which is all about rejuvenation or may be it is a book that rejuvenated you when you read it. Whatever the reason, share your thoughts.
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