This is Ivey’s second novel following her Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Snow Child, and I truly enjoyed it. Ivey, a native of Alaska, takes up snow-covered lands again in a story written mostly through letters. The characters are complex, unique and true and their struggles are both common and impossible.

This book has less fantasy than the first but is sprinkled with occasional unknowable and unexplained events that give additional depth to the actual and symbolic adventures of the main characters Col. Allen Forrester and his new wife, Sophia.

Col. Forrester has been sent to map the Wolverine River, part of the Alaskan Territory. while Sophia, newly pregnant, waits for his return and takes up photography. But clearly it is so much more. It’s a wonderful story and I hope you enjoy it as well.