THE SNOW QUEEN By Michael Cunningham

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Read­ers of Cunningham’s pre­vi­ous novel By Night­fall will find them­selves in sim­i­lar territory with his lat­est – the set­ting is again New York (now Bush­wick, Brook­lyn); two of the main char­ac­ters are again sib­lings; and again a main char­ac­ter is in thrall to a drug ad­dic­tion. Yet the novel opens beau­ti­fully – Bar­rett Meeks is walk­ing through Cen­tral Park, try­ing to make sense of why his lat­est lover has aban­doned him so abruptly, when he spies what seems to be a god-light ob­serv­ing him in the heav­ens above. This un­usual vi­sion haunts Bar­rett and in the weeks that fol­low he tries to make sense of it. When his brother’s girl­friend Beth sud­denly ex­pe­ri­ences an un­ex­pected re­mis­sion from her can­cer, Bar­rett be­gins to wonder – is his ex­pe­ri­ence some­how con­nected to the mir­a­cle of Beth’s re­cov­ery?

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