In the opening pages of this novel, an eight year old her is mad at her mother. Single mom is going out to celebrate her birthday with friends and on her way out the door, little girl makes a petulant wish – that she’d never see her mother again. And that is exactly what happens. Mom slips on some ice, hits her head and the injury leads to her death.
Fast forward. Little girl grows up to be a librarian who is convinced she was responsible for her mother’s death. She becomes cold-hearted, like the ice queen in the gothic fairy tales she loved as a child. One day, however, she gets struck by lightning, and a series of events unfolds that gradually melts her heart of ice and changes her life forever.
I’m not a big fan of magical realism, but Alice Hoffman’s writing seems so down to earth, it’s hard not to be pulled in by it. I found The Ice Queen to be an engaging and enjoyable novel.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2006
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