Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Review-The Snow Queen





I read audio books when I walk or knit or other times when I can't read but can pay attention to something other than what I am doing.  Sometimes I pick out a book that I haven't heard much about.  Usually they are pretty good.  One recent book in this category was The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham.
The book opens with Barrett wandering through Central Park wondering why his latest relationship failed.  He looks up and sees a light that he thinks is looking at him.  When he returns home he decides not to tell his brother Tyler, and Tyler's girlfriend Beth.  Tylerr is a musician who has been using cocaine for some time, even though he has told Barrett and Beth that he is clean.  Beth is dying of a rare form of cancer.  Barret and Beth work for Liz in a vintage shop.
The novel follows Barret and Tyler as they try to make sense of their world and cope with reality.  It it a gentle novel about love and art and making your way in the world. 

The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen
By Cunningham, Michael
2015-05 - Picador USA
9781250067722 Check Our Catalog

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of The Hours

"Michael Cunningham's best novel in more than a decade."--Megan O'Grady, "Vogue"

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It's November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. At
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Other books by the same author.


The Hours
The Hours
By Cunningham, Michael
2000-01 - Picador USA
9780312243029 Check Our Catalog
Awards:
Book Sense Book of the Year Award (2001), Boston Book Review (1999), International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2000), Pulitzer Prize (1999)

The author of "At Home at the End of the World" and "Flesh and Blood" draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. …More


A Home at the End of the World
A Home at the End of the World
By Cunningham, Michael
1998-11 - Picador USA
9780312202316 Check Our Catalog
From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours," comes this widely praised novel of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of …More


Flesh and Blood
Flesh and Blood
By Cunningham, Michael
2007-04 - Picador USA
9780312426682 Check Our Catalog
From the bestselling author of "The Hours" and "Specimen Days" comes a generous, masterfully crafted novel with all the power of a Greek tragedy. The epic tale of an American family, "Flesh and Blood" follows three generations of the Stassos clan as it is transformed by ambition, love, and history. Constantine Stassos, a Greek immigrant, marries Mary Cuccio, an Italian-American girl, and they have …More


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The Sense of an Ending
By Barnes, Julian
2012-05 - Vintage Books
9780307947727 Check Our Catalog
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The Prize
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2015-09 - Counterpoint LLC
9781619025707 Check Our Catalog
Edward Darby has everything a man could hope for: meaningful work, a loving wife, and a beloved daughter. With a rising career as a partner at an esteemed gallery, he strives not to let ambition, money, power, and his dark past corrode the sanctuary of his domestic and private life. Influenced by his father, a brilliant Romantics scholar, Edward has always been more of a purist than an …More


And Sons
And Sons
By Gilbert, David
2013-07 - Random House
9780812993967 Check Our Catalog
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Beginner's Goodbye
Beginner's Goodbye
By Tyler, Anne
2012-04 - Chatto & Windus
9780701187194 Check Our Catalog
A wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel about how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances. A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Tyler's humor. …More


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