Light on Snow

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Anita Shreve
Narrator: Alyson Silverman
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: October 2004
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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A brilliant and beautiful contemporary novel about love and memory from the author of the bestselling novels All He Ever Wanted and The Pilots Wife.
The events of a December afternoon, during which a father and his daughter find an abandoned infant in the snow, will forever alter the 11-year-old girls understanding of the world and the adults who inhabit it: a father who has taken great pains to remove himself from society in order to put an unthinkable tragedy behind him; a young woman who must live with the consequences of the terrible choices she has made; and a detective whose cleverness is exceeded only by his sense of justice.

Written from the point of view of 30-year-old Nicky as she recalls the vivid images of that fateful December, her tale is one of love and courage, of tragedy and redemption, and of the ways in which the human heart always seeks to heal itself.

Reviews (8)

very good

Written by Anonymous on January 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I like this author. She has a way of weaving a story and really pulling you into it. This story was a bit sober and sad, but really compelling. Recommend.

Really touching story.

Written by Angelika Teal from Northfield, NH on August 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a good book for all Anita Shreve fans. The reader was exceptionally good, it really felt like an 11 year old would tell the story. The book was very sad. I really felt sad for the father who was so lost in his mourning. As far as the ending goes all of her books are open ended to leave the future of her characters up to the reader/listener.

Light on Snow

Written by Anonymous on July 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very enjoyable. Great reader. Kept my attention throughout. A lot of life lessons. Will read more of hers.

Light on Snow

Written by Diane Needleman on February 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Very well read. I enjoyed listening to it. I would order more of the authors books. Quiet and well written story. I wanted to continue listening even when I had other occupations to follow. The ending was disapponting compared to the involvement in the rest of the story. I felt that it was suddenly rushed and incomplete. However, I do recommend the book to others.


Written by Anonymous from Franconia, NH on November 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love reading about the area that I live in. This was an awesome book, could be anyone down the street that we know, but don't really KNOW. Real life, wonderful narrating and totally believeable. A great book.....would suggest!!!

So So

Written by Anonymous from Acworth, GA on April 12th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Very good narration but a mediocre novel at best. Interesting in some parts, mundane in others. And the ending? I would recommend only to those looking for an easy listening not so deep story.

You will be glad you met Nicky

Written by Anonymous on February 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautiful story; perfect pace; endearing narration. I couldn't wait to get to my car at night for the commute. Best narration since Jenna Lamia's the Secret Life of Bees

Light on Snow

Written by Kim Todd from Woodbury, MN on May 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have read many of Anita Shreve's books. This one was just a little "off" to me. The story was very slow moving. There is great emphasis on bringing the reader into the scene with extremely descriptive language. It was an okay book. The choice of the reader is a good one since the book is written from a 12-13 year old gir's eyes. She is very pleasant to listen to.

Author Details

Author Details

Shreve, Anita

For many readers, the appeal of Anita Shreve’s novels is their ability to combine all of the escapist elements of a good beach read with the kind of thoughtful complexity not generally associated with romantic fiction. Shreve’s books are loaded with enough adultery, eroticism, and passion to make anyone keep flipping the pages, but the writer whom People magazine once dubbed a “master storyteller” is also concerned with the complexities of her characters’ motivations, relationships, and lives.

Shreve’s novels draw on her diverse experiences as a teacher and journalist: she began writing fiction while teaching high school, and was awarded an O. Henry Prize in 1975 for her story, “Past the Island, Drifting.” She then spent several years working as a journalist in Africa, and later returned to the States to raise her children. In the 1980s, she wrote about women’s issues, which resulted in two nonfiction books -- Remaking Motherhood and Women Together, Women Alone -- before breaking into mainstream fiction with Eden Close in 1989.

This interest in women’s lives -- their struggles and success, families and friendships -- informs all of Shreve’s fiction. The combination of her journalist’s eye for detail and her literary ear for the telling turn of phrase mean that Shreve can spin a story that is dense, atmospheric, and believable. Shreve incorporates the pull of the sea -- the inexorable tides, the unpredictable surf -- into her characters’ lives the way Willa Cather worked the beauty and wildness of the Midwestern plains into her fiction. In Fortune’s Rocks and The Weight of Water, the sea becomes a character itself, evocative and ultimately consuming. In Sea Glass, Shreve takes the metaphor as far as she can, where characters are tested again and again, only to emerge stronger by surviving the ravages of life.

A domestic sensualist, Shreve makes use of the emblems of household life to a high degree, letting a home tell its stories just as much as its inhabitants do, and even recycling the same house through different books and periods of time, giving it a sort of palimpsest effect, in which old stories burn through the newer ones, creating a historical montage. "A house with any kind of age will have dozens of stories to tell," she says. "I suppose if a novelist could live long enough, one could base an entire oeuvre on the lives that weave in and out of an antique house."

Shreve’s work is sometimes categorized as “women’s fiction,” because of her focus on women’s sensibilties and plights. But her evocative and precise language and imagery take her beyond category fiction, and moderate the vein of sentimentality which threads through her books. Moreover, her kaleidoscopic view of history, her iron grip on the details and detritus of 19th-century life (which she sometimes intersperses with a 20th-century story), and her uncanny ability to replicate 19th-century dialogue without sounding fusty or fussy, make for novels that that are always absorbing and often riveting. If she has a flaw, it is that her imagery is sometimes too cinematic, but one can hardly fault her for that: after all, the call of Hollywood is surely as strong as the call of the sea for a writer as talented as Shreve.