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  • Title: Snow Angels
  • Author: Stewart O'Nan
  • ISBN: 9780312422769
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback

  • Arthur Parkinson is fourteen during the dreary winter of 1974, experiencing the confusing pangs of adolescence and the pain of his parents divorce His world is shattered further by the sudden and violent death of Annie Marchand, his beloved former baby sitter Narrated by the adult Arthur, who continues to be haunted by memories, the story of a young man s unravelingArthur Parkinson is fourteen during the dreary winter of 1974, experiencing the confusing pangs of adolescence and the pain of his parents divorce His world is shattered further by the sudden and violent death of Annie Marchand, his beloved former baby sitter Narrated by the adult Arthur, who continues to be haunted by memories, the story of a young man s unraveling family and the circumstances leading up to Annie s death forms the backdrop for an intimate tale of the price of love and belonging, told in a spare, translucent, and unexpectedly tender voice.
    Stewart O'Nan
    Stewart O Nan is the author of eleven novels, including Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying, a story collection, and two works of nonfiction His previous novel, Last Night at the Lobster, was a national bestseller, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was named one of the New York Public Library Books to Remember Additionally, Granta named him one of the 20 Best Young American Novelists O Nan lives with his family in Avon, Connecticut Note Stewart O Nan published also the book A Good Day to Die under his pseudonym James Coltrane You ll find it here author show 5445945.James_Coltrane_Stewart_O_Nan_


    Small towns are often portrayed as picturesque or quaint; and the inhabitants of these towns are often described as close-knit having each other's backs and being available for each other in good times and bad. In Stewart O'Nan's novel, Snow Angels, he suggests that many small towns also have a darker side harboring secrets of tragedies which no one can bear to speak of, even decades later. In this novel, the tragedy occurs in Butler, Pennsylvania. The town really exists but as far as I know, th [...]

    This is the second novel I've read by Stewart O'Nan, after Last Night at the Lobster. While I enjoyed Lobster," it really is a trifle compared to Snow Angels, which is an immensely quiet, powerful book. Essentially, it tells the story of two relationships, both disintegrating, set against the backdrop of rural Pennsylvania in the 70's (my onetime hometown of Bloomington, MN makes an appearance, as does that pansy Fran Tarkenton, getting chased down by the Steelers D). In it's way, Snow Angels re [...]

    Snow Angels, Stewart O'Nan's novel of family life“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna KareninaIt is 1974 in Butler, Pennsylvania. Arthur is fourteen. His older sister, Astrid is in military service, flying high over Russia, photographing bits and pieces of a very cold country in a very cold war. But the real war is back in Butler, on the home front.Arthur's mother and father are splitting up. His mother explains to him that she [...]

    J.K. Grice
    My second and probably final Stewart O'Nan book. There's no doubt the guy can write, but he has a hard time making me care about his characters and his stories. If you're just too high on life and need a major downer, then O'Nan might be for you.

    After reading Last Night at the Lobster, I became a fan of Stewart O'Nan and knew that I would be reading more from him. Snow Angels is the first novel O'Nan wrote, and my second read from this author. The story is narrated by Arthur Parkinson, who was 14 years old during the winter of 1974 and living in the small town of Butler, Pennsylvania. This is the winter that his parents separate and his family falls apart. He and his mom move into a run-down little apartment, his dad is dating someone n [...]

    It really equates to a 4 star in the writing and the balance of the duo marriage stories. But my enjoyment of it was below 3. O'Nan writes actual common folks at a 5 star level, consistently. I love his work much more when he also meanders into whimsy and minutia of era and place, and never as much when he hits his deepest notes of tragedy. This is prime tragedy. Recognizing all of these individuals, there were few that caught my concern- and none that grabbed my affection. Flawed, flawed people [...]

    Arthur Parkinson was 14 when his former, beloved babysitter, Annie, was murdered. This we discover at the outset of this book. The story is narrated throughout by the adult Arthur and some of the other prime characters. It focuses on the period surrounding this slaying and also the traumatic divorce of the young Artie. O'Nan proficiently conveyed the emotional impact that each person was experiencing. His handling of the actions and behavior of this adolescent boy was particularly vivid and astu [...]

    Eine amerikanische Kleinstadt in den 70er Jahren: Aus verschiedenen Perspektiven, vor allem aus der eines 15-Jährigen, wird zum einen die Geschichte der Trennung seiner Eltern erzählt, zum anderen die Geschichte seiner früheren Babysitterin. Auch diese hat sich von ihrem Mann getrennt und bleibt mit ihrem Kind zurück; aber diese Geschichte endet mit dem, was wir aus den Nachrichten als Familiendrama kennen. Im Mittelpunkt stehen die Bigotterie der Kleinstadt; Beziehungen, die in Trostlosigke [...]

    A good book to read if you want to see how elastic point-of-view can become in the hands of a skillful writer. O'Nan easily moves from the rotating third-person--often distant to the point of omniscience--present tense viewpoint of one storyline, that of the multiple tragedies that befall Glenn and Annie Marchand, to the first-person, past tense account of 14-year-old Arthur Parkinson, narrating at a remove of some decades the more ordinary tragedy of his parents' unraveling marriage after 23 ye [...]

    My first impression of this book was that it was meant for 6th graders. The font size used was huge and made it appear as if it had 10 words per page.Once I started reading it, I realized I wasn't too far off. While the subject matter is too much of a downer for a nine year old, the way the story was written would have made them feel right at home. The sentences were choppy and had no weight to them.There were so many missed opportunities that could have made this book a knockout, but were simpl [...]

    Dara S.
    I really enjoyed O' Nan's non-fiction so I was excited to read this. If you are looking for a book that will make you feel warm and fuzzy, has a moral or is inspiring this is not it.This book was dark and depressing. Nothing turned out well for any of the characters.After I finished it, I was like what was the point of that? I felt it kind of left you up in the air and nothing was resolved. O'Nan writes well, just not a very uplifting story.

    It starts with murder. 14yo Arthur's long ago babysitter, Annie, has been killed(not a spoiler) and his parents are getting divorced. We are taken back to the events that lead up to the murder in alternating chapters. It's about loss, love, and ultimately a sliver of hope. This appears bleak, but in Stewart O'Nan's hands, it's a great read with beautiful imagery. I really enjoyed this one.

    What Staggerford could not do for me, Snow Angels could. Instead of the make-believe Staggerford, Minnesota, O'Nan's first novel takes place north of Pittsburgh in the very real Butler, Pennsylvania, complete with Steelers fans and arguments about the correct way to pronounce "milk". Taking place in the seventies, it's another story of small-town secrets, about how lives are connected in sometimes very subtle ways, and about how everyone feels it when something happens extraordinary.The story is [...]

    Quick 10 minute review: O'Nan is always able to write with a certain endearing realistic aesthetic that allows the reader to relate to some aspect or character in every one of his novels. In his debut, Snow Angels, he basically examines the 3 different stages of a failed relationship. The story is told through the eyes of Arthur Parkinson and juxtaposes between his life: falling in love for the first time, getting high with his best friend, and dealing with his parents' recent separation, to the [...]

    One word that I would use to describe this book would be depressing. I should have just read the first two chapters and then the last one. The information and plot in between was really a waste of time. It seems like everyone was having relationship issues and a way to help them cope was to separate and have an affair with someone. The only two things that I could think of that were nice was the relationship between Arthur and his best friend, Warren, as well as his relationship with one of the [...]

    This is a sad story of an abused wife and mother, told in part, from the interesting perspective of an adult male who was only loosely connected to the main character. (she was his babysitter when he was younger and he had a crush on her.) Once you start the book you can't put it down and you will probably finish it as I did in one sitting (good airplane book). I liked the author's style. I wish i could be more enthusiastic, as i did like the author a lot, but the story is too sad.

    PAINFULLY BORING.“Give a hoot. Don’t pollute.”—Woodsy Owl‘Snow Angels,’ by Stewart O’Nan is an extremely dull, marginally disgusting. ‘slice-of-life’ tale about an excruciatingly uninteresting group of people—none of whom I could ever care to know for more than five minutes.Recommendation: Don’t waste your time.“…I caught a spicy whiff of her herbal deodorant.” Overdrive MP3 Audiobook, on loan from overdrivelapublib

    Linda Ostrom
    In 1974 Arthur is a young teen whose parents are going through a divorce. As if this wasn't enough to cope with, his big sister was away in another country for an extended period of time and he has a huge crush on Lila, a classmate.A woman, Annie, who was Arthur and Astrid's babysitter when they were young, is separated and living with her young daughter. One day near Christmas the little girl goes missing. It is freezing cold and search parties are out in full force to find the little girl who [...]

    I generally like Stewart O'Nan, but I found this book disappointing. Maybe it's one of his earlier efforts -- I wouldn't call it amateurish, but while he covers some of the same themes as in later novels, here they seem more vague and unfinished. It is basically two intersecting stories: one about teenager Arthur Parkinson handling his parents' divorce, and a related one about tragic events that happen to Arthur's former babysitter, Annie Marchand.Annie's story has more action and interest than [...]

    Marc Maurer
    This book is set in my home town. Well, not exactly since it's western Pennsylvania and I'm from central Minnesota. But the world is the same: a small town with nothing to do but keep an eye on your neighbors. Getting too involved with them is bound to bring gossip, but there isn't anybody else around.I'm not really sure what to make of this book. It's a little book of unhappy people doing unhappy things, and it doesn't really resolve so much as it just stops.The action is framed as a reminiscen [...]

    Every time I read a book by Stewart O'Nan, I think to myself: "This book is perfect." I read in the NYT review of O'Nan's latest novel, Last Night at the Lobster (which I'm waiting to get my hands on) words to the effect that O'Nan has never been wildly successful because he's difficult to categorize: that each book is in effect an exploration of a different genre. That may be true, but I would be hard pressed to think of another writer who can more perfectly inhabit each character in his novels [...]

    I was really impressed with what I saw and heard from Stewart O'Nan this past week at the Eckerd College Writers Conference. Andre Dubus III called him the best novelist in the world and while I'm sure he was only half serious, I wanted to see for myself.Snow Angels is O'Nan's first novel. Publishing in 1994, it tells the story of a high school freshman whose parents are going through a divorce and of a tragedy that occurs in the their community that same year. O'Nan wrote "This Chilly Little Bo [...]

    This is the author's debut novel. His attention to minute, believable detail and the ability to get inside his characters' heads is already clearly evident. From page one, we know that narrator Arthur's former babysitter and first crush, Annie, is murdered. The rest of the book tells us how and why. Arthur is also navigating freshman year of high school and dealing with the breakup of his parents' marriage. These are all unremarkable people living rather bleak lives, told in an objective and non [...]

    Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"
    I just read this as "filler" while I was waiting for a couple of books to come in. It was on a display at the library labeled "Books Recently Made Into Movies," so I thought I'd give it a try.It starts out like it's going to be pretty interesting, with the murder of Annie, who is Arthur's former babysitter. (Arthur being the primary narrator.) Then it gets mostly boring for a long time, then the last 50 or 60 pages are fairly good. On the positive side, the writer has a very spare writing style, [...]

    Sorayya Khan
    This book is stunning, just as the NPR reviewer the other day suggested. It is a story of domestic life gone wrong, tangled together with the death of a little girl and the murder of two adults. The writing is so simple and beautiful, unexpectedly rendering the tragedy of the story in multiple shades of sorrow. The voice is powerful and utterly believable.

    Martha Hayes
    Stays with you for a long time. Simple language,complex thoughts about the human condition.

    In the winter of 1974, Annie Marchand is a young woman divorcing the deadbeat Glenn, trying to take care of her small child and having an affair with her best friend’s husband. It is also the winter she is murdered.Written from multiple perspectives, Stewart O’Nan’s Snow Angels tells the overlapping tales of several citizens of the small town of Butler, Penn. As becomes clear over the course of the novel, even in a small town, no one knows the whole story of what makes a person tick. From [...]

    Mary Cassidy
    The writing is excellent, the story compelling but oh so depressing. I wish that there were other types of rating than liked, really liked, etc. I can't say I really liked it because it was so down, but I admire the heck out of it.

    The book is set in my hometown, which is the only interesting part, for me. The town is nowhere near perfect nor as small as the book makes it out to be. But the story itself felt generic. Would not have read this if it weren't for the setting.

    Sarah Honenberger
    Read this twice and found it compelling.

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