House Under Snow

House Under Snow

By Jill Bialosky; Bialosky; Sarah Chalfant

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780156027465, 264pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2003

This first novel by a celebrated American poet is a story of mothers and daughters, of sexual identity, and of a family disintegrating after the premature death of its patriarch. Anna Crane, soon to be married, reflects on her childhood in Ohio during the 1960s and '70s with her two sisters and Lilly, her charismatic, self-destructing mother. Lilly is consumed by memories of her late husband and spends her days dreamily creating paper menageries or preparing for dates with a stream of suitors. Evoking the claustrophobia of small-town life, the novel races toward a chilling conclusion when Anna is betrayed by the two most important figures in her young life.
Not since Alice McDermott's "That Night" has there been such a telling portrait of first love. And not since Mona Simpson's "Anywhere But Here" have we witnessed the destructive, seductive nature of a mother who insists on competing with her children.

About the Author
JILL BIALOSKY is the author of the acclaimed novel House Under Snow and two collections of poetry, The End of Desire and Subterranean. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is an editor at W. W. Norton & Company and lives in New York City.

Praise For House Under Snow


"This artful first novel . . . is a quiet stepsister to Rick Moody's The Ice Storm . . . perceptive and moving."--The New York Times Book Review

"Lucid, finely crafted . . . detailing in sharp, textured prose the rise and fall of a doomed first love . . . Bialosky, with her delicate touch and clear eye for human frailty, is an author of talent, and House Under Snow an elegant debut."--Los Angeles Times

"An artfully poignant rendering of first love, a mother's emotional fragility and the enduring bonds among sisters."--Newsday