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Cold Enough for Snow
Cold Enough for Snow | Jessica Au
12 posts | 9 read | 11 to read
Winner of the inaugural Novel Prize, an elegant and subtle exploration of the mysteries of our relationships to others.
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LapReader
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It‘s a windy & rainy Sat. My plans of going on a walk up the hill to the LFL, to a market & doing a spot of op shopping are ruined so it‘s time for tea & a book downstairs in the sauna & spa. This book is so meditative. I‘ll make good use of a day stuck inside by baking, cooking & drinking red wine & some horrible house work I guess. Tonight I‘ll watch a sad movie & have a cry as I find that rather relaxing. Ha! Enjoy your weekend everyone xo

Tamra Can‘t wait to read this one too! I keep reading descriptors that are in my wheelhouse. 3w
DivineDiana How nice to have a downstairs spa! 3w
Hanna-B On my TBR too 3w
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Abailliekaras
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A woman travels through Japan with her mother in this short novel. The prose is clear & straightforward yet much is unsaid. The narrator has planned meticulously and seems anxious about the trip. Her mother is dutiful & contained. They‘re polite & attentive but not at home with each other, making it a tense read despite the calm prose. The fun is in seeing Au‘s skill in creating complex characters & ambiguity in so few words. Accomplished debut.

LeeRHarry Glad you enjoyed it but it didn‘t work for me which was disappointing. 1mo
CarolynM I liked it too. I also enjoyed thinking about it in relation to After Story which has some similar themes. I'm sorry you weren't a fan @LeeRHarry Can you explain why, or was it just a feeling (or lack of it)? 1mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM It was the writing style - I did read it on my phone so that might not have helped. 1mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry Fair enough. I think it might be a book you need to be in the mood for, I'm not sure if format would make a lot of difference. 1mo
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xicanti
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I finally get to start a new book! COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW looks to be one of those novellas that carries you through the story on a wave of quiet beauty.

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xicanti
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I got lots of exciting stuff in this week‘s library haul, including a beautiful cookbook, Hannah Gadsby‘s memoir, more Maureen Johnson, Sonali Dev‘s latest, a fake dating romance, and what I‘m pretty sure is the last of my Litsy stack requests. Time to comb through the list and put my name down for a few more of the books y‘all have enticed me with.

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Kazzie
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Such a beautiful moving tale of a mother and daughter traveling together.

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SayersLover
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Wow! So glad I read this, written in a lyrical style with poetic and interesting descriptions, Jessica Au allows readers to follow her in her journey full of emotional depths and meanings. Art, life, fiction, experience, and relationships, so many topics interwoven in a gentle narrative. Very fascinating! I‘m going to ask my artist sister to read it next so we can have a book discussion.

robinb Welcome to Litsyland! 😊 3mo
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Centique
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Awww! Look what came in the mail 😍 Thank you so much Carolyn @CarolynM The book looks lovely and it‘s exciting that it‘s the inaugural winner of the Novel Prize. Your card is beautiful and the chocolate looks so good. It‘s named for the Mornington Peninsula and I have been there when my sister used to live in Mount Eliza. What a lovely surprise and today I went for a belated birthday lunch with a few friends so it felt like a second birthday 😘

LeahBergen The chocolate and the card are so pretty! 4mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m having trouble looking past that chocolate! 😋 4mo
batsy That chocolate is so pretty and I love the card 😍 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books @batsy I can confirm the chocolate tastes as good as it looks! 😍 4mo
CarolynM You‘re very welcome and I‘m sorry it was late. Hope you enjoy😘 4mo
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brushlo
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haunting. peaceful and dreamlike. great writing.

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BekaReid
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A quiet story of a woman and her mother on a trip together with simple interactions as they visit art galleries, shop for souvenirs, dine at restaurants; but the writing ultimately takes you to the narrator's memories, thoughts, and conversations, past & present. It examines the intricacies of identity (ours & others). As mother and daughter talk about art, time, kindness and belief, the unsaid remains all too present hovering in the margins.

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CarolynM
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#BookReport for March. I haven't had a lot of time for reading or Litsying this month. I'm hoping April will be better. Cold Enough for Snow is my standout book this month.
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Cinfhen Hope you were busy with good stuff xx 6mo
squirrelbrain Hope you‘re doing OK Carolyn. I realised I didn‘t get to Theatre of Dreamers in March (as I went a bit OTT with library books!) - should we try for a #buddyread in April instead? 😘 6mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Yes, all good thanks, Cindy🙂 I'm feeling a bit peopled-out, though, I'd like some quiet, alone time for a bit. 6mo
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CarolynM @squirrelbrain No worries, Helen. I've had a busy few weeks and got nowhere near starting it. I'm hoping for less activity and more reading in April🙂 Maybe we could try for our #buddyread after the Easter break? 6mo
squirrelbrain Sounds good to me Carolyn! Hope you get some peace and quiet in the meantime…. 6mo
Cathythoughts I‘m stacking your stand out read 👍sounds good. 6mo
Amiable I love your use of Litsy as a verb. 👍🏼🙂 6mo
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CarolynM
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Like After Story, this is a novel about an Australian mother & daughter on an overseas holiday, but here they are of Chinese heritage and they are travelling in Japan. The writing & the atmosphere are completely different, but the love & the distance between the generations is so similar. "So calm and clear and deep" is the quote from Helen Garner on the back cover - I can't describe it better than that. #ozfiction
The photo is Lake Jindabyne.

emmalouise1 Gorgeous view 🥰 6mo
LeahBergen Lovely review and photo! 6mo
Ruthiella I am hearing lots of good things about this title! 6mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella It's only short, but it's beautifully written and there's a lot going on under the surface. I think it's very good. 6mo
Hanna-B I really want to read this, have heard about it 2mo
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Vikz
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‘Cold enough for snow is a quiet book. The writing is poetically beautiful. There are well-drawn descriptions of place. The discussions of art are thought provoking. Than