SNOWY by Ruth Doan MacDougall


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 By the author of A Lovely Time Was Had by All (1982) and other stories about happy-to-abrasive mixes and match-ups among friends, lovers, and married couples in small New Hampshire towns: a sequel that chronicles the 30-year career of Henrietta Snow (``Snowy'') from The Cheerleader (1973). In 1957, Snowy, at Bennington College on scholarship, is able to forget about Tom Forbes, her high-school passion, thanks to excitement about college, a great roommate, and heavy thoughts about Life and Sex. There'll be adventures like: the wild, totally naked escape from the Sleepytime Motor Lodge in the car of two outwitted college men; the misery of bringing a sophisticated roommate home to have apple pie (with a slice of Velveeta) with Mom and Dad; and the exhilaration of a first job and living free in the big city (Boston), where at last a rift between Snowy and best friend Bev is healed. Friends marry and move away; then Snowy meets Alan, and it's love and bed at first meeting. Their honeymoon will be a seasick trip to Nova Scotia. The happy gallop of time then turns to a treadmill trot as a daughter is born but parents sicken and die. By 1987, Snowy has published several books of poetry (the author unwisely presents a sample), and Alan, chafing against working for others, owns and operates a general store, where Snowy, now with full-blown agoraphobia, is little help. After a neighbor's Fabulous Fifties Party-- where reconstructing the artifacts and ways of the decade is both dutiful and sadly ridiculous--an unthinkable tragedy occurs. Yet Snowy will survive to find an old promise kept after a mountaintop wedding and reunion of friends and lovers. MacDougal faithfully chronicles the barrage of pleasures and miseries that pepper a life, to the tick of time, among her curiously passive, bright-talking people--attractive and busy but hollow as a drum. With enjoyable period detail.

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09913-4
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993