The Snow Garden Book Summary and Study Guide

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Hyperion, Feb 2002, 23.45, 416 pp.
ISBN 0786868130

   It's the beginning semester at Atherton College, a private, posh and richly endowed school where a cross-section of freshman are getting their first taste of freedom from adults. Eighteen years old Randall is in the middle of an affair with his male, middle aged and married professor. He's desperate that his best friend Katherine Barker, also a freshman, doesn't find out about the relationship because he wants to keep her respect and friendship.
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    Kathryn's friendship is the least of his problems when his professor's wife dies, the toxicology report showing a high level of alcohol and narcotics. Randall learns that the professor was involved with another woman who died in a similar manner. With the help of a friend, Randall investigates the matter but he stirs up secrets that are better left buried for everyone's sake.

    THE SNOW GARDEN is gothic in content and tone, a dark picture of the lengths people go to so they can hide their true selves. Just about every character in this novel is wearing a mask but it is up to the audience to decide whether it is to fool others or themselves. Christopher Rice, author of A DENSITY OF SOULS is a talented, creative and intellectual writer who knows how to lay bare the truth about human nature.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   teacher Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   catching a killer Kind of sex:    -   two guys doing it Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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