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Snow Island [Hardcover]

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What is life like for a girl coming of age in the shadow of World War II, a girl who lives on a small, isolated island populated by quahoggers and eccentrics?

This tender first novel follows the fate of sixteen-year-old Alice Daggett, who still feels the presence of her father who died six years earlier, and of George Tibbit, a reclusive loner who returns to the island each year in an excessive act of homage to the two women who raised him there.

Snow Island tells of their isolated lives and the impact that WWII has on all of their worlds. Both Alice and George find their lives linked, and changed, forever by the events that happen far from the small New England community that defines them.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage
ISBN  193156101X  
ISBN13  9781931561013  

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More About Katherine Towler

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Katherine Towler is the author of a trilogy of novels, Snow Island, Evening Ferry, and Island Light. She consults with schools and non-profits on publications and promotional materials, and teaches in the MFA Program in Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Katherine Towler currently resides in Portsmouth. Katherine Towler was born in 1956.

Katherine Towler has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Small Press Distribution (All Titles)
  2. Tupelo Press Lineage

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Literary
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > War
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States

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Snow Island  Mar 2, 2006
Beautiful imagery of this small town island community. A slice of New England life. Characters are ones we've met in our lives. The plot is carefully constructed and holds the reader's attention. Rich language. Take this one with you to the beach, the mountains or your favorite vacation site. Highly recommended.
Snow Island  Sep 9, 2005
I didn't want it to end but I could not put it down. I read it in 24 hours. It stays true to life as very few times does things turn out as we expect or so perfect. This story will stay with me for a long time. I hope the author will revisit Alice's life in another book. I can't wait to read other books by this author.
a dazzling debut, reminiscientof Woolf.  Mar 27, 2004
A dazzling debut, Snow Island follows the dual stories of Alice Daggett and George Tibbits in a small isolated island populated by quahoggers and eccentrics during the Second World War. Towler weaves the two plot lines intricately, at the same time subtly relaying the nuances of the island's inhabitants through gossip and tales.

Sixteen-year old Alice Daggett, haunted by the tragic death of her father six years prior and the overbearing presence of her mother Evelyn, never quite fits into the strict societal rules of the small gossiping town. Her awkwardness as she becomes aware of her own sexuality-her fear of not understanding her role as a woman and her fear of her inability to fulfill it-is beautifully told. Snow Island also unravels the unique story of George Tibbits, a recluse in his forties, who returns to the island each year in order to gain some closure regarding the death of the two women who raised him.

Snow Island is an evocative work with characters carefully chosen and crafted. Moving and luminous, it breaks the clichés of war novels. The characters and their stories resonate and linger long after the last page.

Unexciting & Uneventful  Mar 5, 2004
"Snow Island" was a disappointment. I read it, hoping something would happen on the next page. It was quite boring and reading it tedious. Teenaged girls' first crushes & kisses, a middle aged man who couldn't recover from his aunt's death. An aunt, by the way, whom he shared a bed with while growing up, thankfully, not anything to do with sex. Very odd characters in the book -- people I couldn't relate to. Was pretty depressing.
Snow Island Review  Oct 14, 2003
This novel takes place in 1941, on Snow Island, right off of the coast of Rhode Island. At the island, it's the men's jobs to go quahogging and the women's jobs to take care of their families and everything else that a man can't do. The main character, Alice Dagget, is a 16-year-old teen, who lives on the island with her mother, Evelyn and her brother, Will. Alice's father died 5 years earlier and it's hard for them to deal with his death. The Daggets support themselves, by running their own store.

George Tibbits, a man who was a veteran of World War 1, came to the island every summer to go to the houses that belonged to his aunts, Sarah and Bertie, where he stayed during his childhood. The next year, 1942, George Tibbits decided to stay there for good. As the Second World War approached, many people started to enlist in the war, like Alice's two closest twin friends, Pete and Lydia Gibberson, and the 26-year-old, Ethan Cunningham, who was the keeper of the island's lighthouse. Everyone else on the island were forced to leave their homes. Alice had nobody to whom she can talk to because she was very saddened that her closest friends left her behind, so George Tibbits came along and was there by her side, during that time of the war.

Katherine Towler, the author of this book, helps bring many people together, from different generations. She uses a powerful setting, like the Second World War, to give readers an understanding of what had happened in the past and how others reacted to that particular situation. The characters in this story were strong and unique in their own ways. By reading this novel, I'm sure that each of us can relate to at least one of the characters in some way. I enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it to everyone because you can learn more about yourself as well as your past like Alice and George Tibbits did.


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