House Under Snow

by Jill Bialosky

A first novel by an acclaimed American poet, House Under Snow is a story

of mothers and daughters, of sexual identity, of a family slowly disintegrating after the premature death of its patriarch. Anna Crane, soon to be married, reflects back on her childhood in Ohio during the 1960s and '70s with her two sisters and Lilly, her charismatic, self-destructing mother. Lilly is endlessly consumed by memories of her late husband and spends her days dreamily creating paper menageries or preparing for dates with a stream of suitors. Evoking the claustrophobia of small-town life, Anna's first passionate love affair with a troubled boy who works as a groom and trainer at a horse track and she and her sisters struggle toward adulthood, the novel races toward a chilling conclusion when Anna is betrayed by the two most important figures in her young life.

Not since Alice McDermott's That Night has there been such a telling portrait of first love. And not since Mona Simpson's Anywhere But Here have we witnessed the destructive, seductive nature of a mother who insists on competing with her children. Illuminating the price of loss and survival, House Under Snow is an unforgettable and brilliantly told debut accomplishment.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780156027465
  • ISBN-10: 0156027461
  • Pages: 264
  • Publication Date: 06/01/2003
  • Carton Quantity: 56

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  • About the Book

    This first novel by a celebrated American poet is a story of mothers and daughters, of sexual identity, and of a family disintegrating after the premature death of its patriarch. Anna Crane, soon to be married, reflects on her childhood in Ohio during the 1960s and '70s with her two sisters and Lilly, her charismatic, self-destructing mother. Lilly is consumed by memories of her late husband and spends her days dreamily creating paper menageries or preparing for dates with a stream of suitors. Evoking the claustrophobia of small-town life, the novel races toward a chilling conclusion when Anna is betrayed by the two most important figures in her young life.

    Not since Alice McDermott's That Night has there been such a telling portrait of first love. And not since Mona Simpson's Anywhere But Here have we witnessed the destructive, seductive nature of a mother who insists on competing with her children.

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    PRAISE FOR HOUSE UNDER SNOW

    "This artful first novel . . . is a quiet stepsister to Rick Moody's The Ice Storm . . . perceptive and moving."--The New York Times Book Review

    "Lucid, finely crafted . . . detailing in sharp, textured prose the rise and fall of a doomed first love . . . Bialosky, with her delicate touch and clear eye for human frailty, is an author of talent, and House Under Snow an elegant debut."--Los Angeles Times

    "An artfully poignant rendering of first love, a mother's emotional fragility and the enduring bonds among sisters."--Newsday

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