Lynette Rice
October 15, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Light on Snow

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Anita Shreve
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

His life torn apart by the tragic death of his wife and infant girl, architect Robert Dillon moves his 12-year-old daughter, Nicky, from the fast lanes of Manhattan to a tucked-away hamlet in New Hampshire. During one of their afternoon walks in the snowy forest, the two happen upon an abandoned baby girl — launching them on an emotional roller coaster through various stages of grief, loneliness, and, ultimately, acceptance. While light on plot, Anita Shreve’s sentimental Light on Snow gently conveys the Dillons’ despair with simple images of a spartan home, a hushed widower who makes furniture in solitude, and a curious tween who longs for a tape recorder for Christmas.

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