The Snow Sister


Pearl imagines her late sister Agnes as she creates a form in the snow. Soon, she is off to Noble’s shop for Christmas provisions, while her father heads to Bath to hear the reading of a will that promises the family good fortune. What is good fortune? Events of that day tumble into Christmas Eve, causing Pearl to reflect on her sister, the fortune of her family as opposed to others, and what people really value.

Emma Carroll is a ‘sure-penned’ writer. She is able to conjure images of times past, chestnut flecked thoughts of difficulty and disparity. This story has a light Dickensian tone; it is Christmas scented. ‘The Snow Sister’ would be an ideal winter choice for Bookwagon readers.


The Snow Sister

Emma Carroll

(Faber & Faber)

‘The Snow Sister‘ is an  evocative story from a Christmas past. Pearl steps out into the snow toward Noble’s shop for Christmas provisions. Her family is expectant; father is headed to the reading of a will that promises to alter their fortunes. ‘The Snow Sister‘ is beautifully realised. Readers feel part of an almost Dickensian scene, committed to Pearl’s past and willing her a contented future.


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