This debut novel by Andrea Thalasinos attracted me for two reasons; it was about dogs and another culture that I didn’t know anything about. For me, An Echo Through the Snow was a win-win!
The story alternates between two settings and characters.
In present day Wisconsin, a struggling young woman named Rosalie, rescues a Siberian husky, which profoundly changes the course of her life. As she becomes more involved with dogs and the world of dog sled racing, her future looks brighter despite the odds against her.
Alternately, in 1929, a Siberian Chukchi woman, Jeaantaa, tries to
save her people’s Siberian huskies as the Russians force the Chukchi to give up their traditional lifestyle.
The story lines converge at the end, and I found both to be compelling. The book left me wanting to know more about some of the people in Rosalie’s world, as well as Jeaantaa’s people.
The author has rescued and raised Siberian huskies, and learned how to be a musher training dogs to run a dogsled team, so she knows her subject well. Her research on the little known Chukchi people and the history of the dog breed added to my enjoyment of the story.
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