As Simple as Snow

 “It should have been simple but in the end it could not have been more complicated, and maybe that was the whole point to begin with, but if love is true and it still leaves you lonely, what good does it do?”

I had the opportunity to listen to Greg Galloway at a program at ALA.  He talked about the continuum of Windex to stained glass writing.  In simple terms, and not so beautifully rendered, he seemed to be talking about “show, don’t tell”  with Windex writing being the tell, and stained glass writing being the show.  I am oversimplifying, and not doing it justice which is unfortunate.

The book As Simple as Snow is an excellent example of stained glass writing.  The characters evolve, particularly the narrator throughout the story.  And the plot is shattered into many pieces of colored light.  At its heart there is mystery – what secrets is Anna hiding, who is she, and eventually – where did she go?  But there is also a coming of age story of a narrator who describes himself as bland changing and finding his own path.

I love the description the narrator describes his father

    “Maybe that’s why he likes numbers – they can be tamed, domesticated, they are pliable, dutiful, quiet.”

It tells you so much about his relationship with his father.

“Sometimes there’s more fun in the mystery of things than anything else.”

There are no answers other than what you as a reader can infer, piece together but that of course is the point, or should I say Anna’s point.

“Mysteries are the most interesting, the stuff in the shadows or underneath the surface.  Don’t you think?  I mean, certainty is worse than death.” 

A very good read.


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