Snow in the River, originally published in 1964, was acclaimed Idaho novelist Carol Ryrie Brink's bestselling adult novel. It brings to life an America of unbounded promise, telling the story of three Scottish brothers who settled in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho in the early 1900s. For Angus McBain, America represents a profound moral dilemma. Should he seek persoSnow in the River, originally published in 1964, was acclaimed Idaho novelist Carol Ryrie Brink's bestselling adult novel. It brings to life an America of unbounded promise, telling the story of three Scottish brothers who settled in eastern Washington and Northern Idaho in the early 1900s. For Angus McBain, America represents a profound moral dilemma. Should he seek personal gain or serve others? Willie McBain accepts whatever hardships and rewards life has to offer. Though economic rewards elude him, Willie might well have been the most successful of the three brothers. Douglas McBain is absorbed by success and failure and sees ample of each. Driven by all-consuming ambition he temporarily gains a great fortune and wins a beautiful wife. But his eventual fall is the most precipitous of all....
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Snow in the River Reviews
Though categorized as a western, this exemplary written novel isn't the typical wild-west, ten-gallon-hat, action adventure. It reads more along the lines of a dramatic historical novel, with western flare, manifest destiny, and immigration thematic threads. The dynamics of family relationships within this rich, bittersweet story, brings to mind novels such as Little Women by Louisa Mae Alcott or Oh Pioneer by Willa Cather. An excellent read, recommended to those who appreciate fine literature with a subtle cutting edge.
If you like Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig or Edna Ferber's novels, you will like this book. It tells the story of the McBain brothers, immigrants from Scotland, who immigrate to Moscow, Idaho. It is partly told through the eyes of the daughter of one of them. It has joys, sorrows, good choices, and bad choices. It takes place after the initial pioneer period and tells more of the developing of a towns at the turn of the 20th Century, but it is primarily a family saga.
I have always enjoyed Carol Brink's books, but this was the first one written for an adult audience that I have read. It is the story of the three McBain brothers who immigrate from Scotland to Moscow, Idaho during the turn of the century (1900). Each brother is searching for a better life but pursue that dream in their own unique way. This is the story of their struggles, accomplishments, and failures over the years and how they played out between each of them. Much of the story is told from the perspective of the oldest brother's daughter, Kit. It is well written and an interesting study in human nature and family relationships. A good saga!
I've been on a bit of a Carol Ryrie Brink streak since reading her 'Chain of Hands' which I loved. Snow in the River is considered the most autobiographical of her three novels which include Buffalo Coat and Strangers in the Forest. This was a terrific novel and historically accurate. I haven't read the other two novels but look forward to them in the future because I consider Brink's writing as ageless. That she can write so convincingly from the 19th century up into the 20th must have been a challenge. That she was able to write these stories so much from hearing stories and reliving them through her family members makes me wonder if we don't all have a rich heritage which we dismiss as day to day trivia. If you have any talent at all and you are reading this, write those stories down. They will mean so much in future times. Fortunately Carol Ryrie Brink did have a lot of talent and she left these histories with us!
This was a wonderful book about three brothers and the characters that interact with and around them. It is a story of choices, failure, happiness, loss, love and faith. This is a well-written story and what I think I would read again
I enjoy historical novels and this was more interesting since I found myself matching Spokane area locations with the settings of the book. It was good I had read the forward first so I understood this. The 3 Scottish brothers make fascinating characters reflecting the times.
Compelling novel that follows three brothers from Ireland to Idaho in the early 1900s, one of whom is the author's father. I love how the she brings her own narration in as she enters the sequence of events. Not strictly a memoir, but more historical fiction of the time and place. Good one!
I'm not sure why but I identified with this book therefore I gave it five stars.