OVERRIDE

Snow Angels

A Novel

Stewart O'Nan

Picador

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 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.

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

ONE
I WAS IN THE BAND the fall my father left, in the second row of trombones, in the middle because I was a freshman. Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school we practiced in the music room, but on Fridays Mr. Chervenick led us outside in our down jackets and tasseled Steeler hats and shitkicker boots and across the footbridge that spanned the interstate to the middle school soccer field, where, like the football team itself, we ran square-outs and curls and a maneuver Mr. Chervenick called an oblique, with which, for the finale of every halftime show, we described—all 122 of us—a whirling
READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

MEDIA

Watch

  • Snow Angels Trailer

    Watch the trailer for Snow Angels, the film adaption of the acclaimed novel by Stuart O'Nan, staring Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.

BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for Snow Angels

"A thriller of the heart, at once suspenseful and emotionally absorbing." --Newsday (New York)

“Beautiful and harrowing...An exquisite double helix, each of its two strands the tale of an unraveling family, curving in tenuous but essential relation to the other." --Elle

"Stunning...A truthful and deeply sad picture of the American hinterland, which has lost religion and maybe also lost its capacity for sustained love....Wonderfully effective...O’Nan sees with a vengeance." --The New York Times Book Review

"Haunting...a whole that's much more than the sum of its parts...Moving, beautifully constructed, morally complex." --The Washington Post Book World

"Shines with a cold, stark light...Strangely beautiful." --Los Angeles Times

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Stewart O'Nan

  • Stewart O’Nan is the award-winning author of A Prayer for the Dying, Snow Angels, A World Away and, most recently, Wish You Were Here. Granta named him one of the Twenty Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Avon, Connecticut.
  • Stewart O'Nan Copyright Amy Etra
    Stewart O'Nan
BACK

COMMUNITY

Criminalelement.com

    MORE BLOG POSTS
    BACK

    READING GUIDE

    ORGANIZING A READING GROUP

    GET THE GUIDE

    Download PDF

    TELL YOUR FRIENDS

    FIND MORE BOOKS

    Go to website

    STAY UPDATED

    Sign Up

    OTHER GUIDES

    Reading Group Guide
    BACK

    BUY THE BOOK

    Available Formats and Book Details

    Snow Angels

    A Novel

    Stewart O'Nan

    BACK

    FROM THE PUBLISHER

    Picador

    BACK