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Snowflake: A Novel de Louise Nealon
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Snowflake: A Novel (edição: 2021)

de Louise Nealon (Autor)

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Título:Snowflake: A Novel
Autores:Louise Nealon (Autor)
Informação:Harper (2021), 256 pages
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Snowflake by Louise Nealon is a highly recommended coming of age story.

Debbie is eighteen and commuting from the family dairy farm in rural Kildare County to attend Trinity college in Dublin where she is overwhelmed, learning how to hide, and depressed. While her life on the farm with her Uncle Billy and her mother, Maeve, hasn't been without drama and problems, they all love and support each other. At college in Dublin, Debbie makes one friend, Xanthe, although the two are seemingly opposites and Xanthe is the one who pursues Debbie's friendship. At home, although Debbie wants to pull away from her family, they offer comfort in their familiarity, although they drink too much and their behavior is often odd. Debbie also begins to drink too much in Dublin and is depressed. When a tragic accident shakes up her whole family, they all have to face some harsh realities.

The quality of the writing is excellent. The contrast of Debbie's rural life on the farm versus city life in Dublin is depicted realistically as is her uncomfortable transition between the two contrasting worlds. This contrast is also captured in the differences between the lives of Debbie and Xanthe, who have a connection in spite of their differences. The closeness and relationship between Billy and Debbie is believable and beautifully rendered. There is an element of magic realism in the plot. The growth and depth of the characters is wonderfully captured. Everyone in the family have special gifts - Maeve and Debbie in their dreams and Billy in some special abilities. The frank inclusion of depression and the abuse of alcohol is realistically depicted in how it affects the characters. This is a very good debut novel and it will be interesting to see what Nealon writes next.

At the beginning of this novel I felt like it was more a new adult/young adult novel as the focus felt to was targeting a younger reader versus a mature adult reader. This evaluation did change as the novel progressed and the characters experienced some growth, but it needs to be mentioned. Once we learned more about Debbie's family and their struggles and gifts, it slowly became a better novel. I still feel that the target reading audience skews young, although I appreciated the character growth.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2021/08/snowflake.html
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4204976955 ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Aug 28, 2021 |
Debbie was 18 years old and living on her family's dairy farm. She lived a sheltered life and looked forward to moving to a big city. When she is accepted to Trinity College in Dublin, she's thrilled but very nervous. She is so shy that she ends up commuting every day from the farm to college and misses out on the college experience.

Debbie lived on the farm with her mother who always seemed to be on the verge of a mental breakdown and her uncle who lives on the farm in a camping trailer and spends much of his time drunk. Both of them are less than perfect but they both love Debbie and want the best for her. Debbie soon finds out that life in the city wasn't what she thought it would be. She finds the anonymity unsetting plus she is disappointed by her fellow students. She does make a friend and at first Debbie isn't sure how to be a friend because she has no friends at home. She soon begins to understand how wonderful is to have a friend.

I found this book to be very intriguing. It's character based without a lot of action but seeing Debbie's thought process is an everyday adventure. I ended up loving the book and all of the characters. The book made me laugh and it made me cry but it's a book that I won't soon forget and I look forward to future books from this author.

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. ( )
  susan0316 | Aug 16, 2021 |
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