An Echo Through the Snow

An Echo Through the Snow

Book - 2012
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Andrea Thalasinos's debut novel is an inspiring story of how a single act of kindness can transform your life.

Rosalie MacKenzie is headed nowhere until she sees Smokey, a Siberian husky suffering from neglect. Rosalie finds the courage to rescue the dog, and--united by the bond of love that forms between them--they save each other.

Soon Rosalie and Smokey are immersed in the world of competitive dogsled racing. Days are filled with training runs, the stark beauty of rural Wisconsin, and the whoosh of runners on snow. Rosalie discovers that behind the modern sport lies a tragic history: the heartbreaking story of the Chukchi people of Siberia. When Stalin's Red Army displaced the Chukchi in 1929, many were killed and others lost their homes and their beloved Guardians--the huskies that were the soul and livelihood of their people.

Alternating between past and present, telling of a struggling Chukchi family and a young woman discovering herself, An Echo Through the Snow takes readers on a gripping, profound, and uplifting dogsled ride to the Iditarod and beyond, on a journey of survival and healing.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765330369
0765330369
Branch Call Number: THALASINOS
Characteristics: 364 p. ; 22 cm

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ltrout Dec 10, 2012

What a pleasant surprise! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. She did a great job weaving the past and present together, and really brought out the best and worst of humans. I hope this is the first of many novels for her!

LaughingOne Dec 06, 2012

I had a little trouble shifting between the past and the present initially, partly because I wanted to know what was going to happen next with whichever story I was currently reading, and I felt annoyed when the next page took me to the other time period. But I got over that pretty fast. Thalasinos' writing drew me in: her descriptions, the language and the stories themselves, kept me reading late into the night. I wanted to know what happened next; I HAD to know what happened next. Jeaantaa and Rosalie are both trapped in the circumstances of their lives. How they confront those circumstances differs, but both show great courage to make the changes necessary, and for both, the bonds with the huskies in their lives are extremely important. An excellent read!

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