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Summary

A novel for a generation. 

Performed by Louisa Harland (Derry Girls, The Deceived)

Eighteen-year-old Debbie White lives on a dairy farm with her mother, Maeve, and her uncle, Billy. Billy sleeps out in a caravan in the garden with a bottle of whiskey and the stars overhead for company. Maeve spends her days recording her dreams, which she believes to be prophecies.

This world is Debbie's normal, but she is about to step into life as a student at Trinity College in Dublin. As she navigates between sophisticated new friends and the family bubble, things begin to unravel. Maeve's eccentricity tilts into something darker, while Billy's drinking gets worse. Debbie struggles to cope with the weirdest, most difficult parts of herself, her family and her small life. But the fierce love of the White family is never in doubt, and Debbie discovers that even the oddest of families are places of safety.

A startling, honest, laugh-and-cry novel about growing up and leaving home, only to find that you've taken it with you, Snowflake is a novel for a generation, and for everyone who's taken those first, terrifying steps towards adulthood.

©2020 Louise Nealon (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

"A beautiful novel; tender, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving." (Louise O'Neill)

"Mad and wonderful." (Roddy Doyle) 

"Astonishing. Louise Nealon is a ridiculously talented writer." (Stacey Halls)

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A truly beautiful book

A wonderful book, Louise uses such evocative language that made me feel like I was in her head throughout. I was on an emotional roller coaster ride that I didn't want to end. a truly great read. Well done

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Excellent

For some reason I didn’t think I was going to like this book, but to my happy surprise I loved it. Funny, well crafted, heart rending and handling mental illness full on without sentimentality, it was refreshing and beautifullly, masterfully read by Louisa Harland. Excellent

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Really, teally loved it

Beautifully wriitan. Well developed characters, all flawed, struggling with their own challenges and so incredibly likeable. i highly recommend it

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Loved it.

Enjoyed very much. Loved the readers accent. Funny, sad , strange tale. I look forward to seeing more from this author.

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Fabulous !

Simply a brilliant book ...
The characters were real, loveable & flawed as we all are in reality.
A superb story of Debbie’s move from the dairy farm in Kildare to Trinity College in Dublin, a fascinating portrayal of a somewhat dysfunctional family, which at times made me laugh out loud ..( literally )
Could easily have listened to this in one sitting .. highly recommend ... cannot wait for Louise Nealon’s next book ...also sheer brilliant narrating by Louise Harland ... loved it !

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Wonderful!

I absolutely loved this story! It was made even better with the narration . The characters were so real and the mix of grit and dry humour refreshing. I'll be looking for more by Louise Nealon ☺

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Best book this year by a country mile

There isn’t a word out of place. Snowflake is simply glorious, I keep telling everyone about it.

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terrific

loved it. pure true. sincere recount of country girl perspective . Great writer will follow her.

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Beautifully written. Superb narration.

Loved it. Quite dark in parts but the writing is sublime. The similes are delicious. Narration is excellent, loved the actor's performance. I kept visualising Tommy Tiernan throughout. A wonderful audiobook, highly recommend!

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A bit boring

I really wanted to like this after hearing an interview with the author (who seems like a very funny and bubbly person) but I found this book incredibly boring and I thought her writing didn't reflect her personality. None of the characters entertained me at all and it's not like I don't get country people, like I grew up on a farm in rural Ireland. I laughed once, and it was more of a exhalation of air from my nose than an actual laugh. I found it tedious to listen to... when the billy character (an alcoholic farmer) started talking about Greek mythology to the protagonist things started to go downhill... the conversation didn't feel authentic at all...

it also leaves a lot of loose ends unfortunately...

In terms of performance - The narrator's Billy voice was annoying, making him sound angry in nearly every dialogue.

as I said before - I wanted this to be good but it left a lot to be desired...