#48 The Snow Queen – Michael Cunningham


The Snow Queen


Michael Cunningham









Title (Original)

The Snow Queen

Year of Publication




Short Description & Notes

Barrett and Tyler Meeks are two lost brothers. One has lost love again and other tries to write a love song for his dying fiancée. Both are desperate seeking transcendence. Michael Cunningham tell us the story of these brothers and their close friends with their difficulty in adapt to the transience of life. Sometimes the reader can get a little lost in the middle of the many reflections all the characters take. This is a very disappointing book for the fans of old glories such as The Hours and A home at the end of the world.

“Michael Cunningham’s luminous novel begins with a vision. It’s November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn’t believe in visions—or in God—but he can’t deny what he’s seen.

At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying—and failing—to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Tyler is determined to write a song that will not be merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of love.

Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion. Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers. Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage as she can summon.

Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for transcendence. In subtle, lucid prose, he demonstrates a profound empathy for his conflicted characters and a singular understanding of what lies at the core of the human soul. The Snow Queen, beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic, proves again that Cunningham is one of the great novelists of his generation. ” – Goodreads: The Snow Queen

Remarkable Quotes

“Barrett precisa de um momento antes de responder olá. Precisa de um momento para receber Beth novamente no mundo dos vivos.”

Fun Facts

Michael Cunningham is a Pulitzer Prize winner with his book The Hours, published in 1998.

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