Sooo….Back to my trip to Western Pennsylvania.
This was a brutal winter here on Long Island – the cold, the snow! I was prepared to encounter much of the same, and maybe a bit worse, when I visited the family. One night we got to talking about the weather and commiserating about “cabin fever.” Silly me I told them my tale of woe and they retorted with days of 30 degree below wind chill temps. Need I say I couldn’t compete?
Eowyn Ivey has not only written about Alaska she’s living the lifestyle in small town Alaska. As you read the novel did you contemplate how isolating the weather can be? Why do you think that the author timed the arrival of Faina during the first snow? Could the story have taken place anywhere else? Was the setting vital to the tale?
I’ve had a few readers mention that they found it unbelievable that Faina could possibly have survived on her own especially given the cruel winters. Were you able to suspend disbelief in that regard? Could a young child survive on her wits and the little bit of knowledge gleaned from an alcoholic father to survive in the wilds of Alaska?