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by Roy Parvin

eBook In the Snow Forest: Three Novellas download ISBN: 0393049779
Author: Roy Parvin
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (October 2000)
Language: English
Pages: 176
ePub: 1957 kb
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Rating: 4.2
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories and Anthologies

In The Snow Forest book. Roy Parvin writes wonderful internal landscapes, in particular the first story which was riveting, moving stuff.

In The Snow Forest book. The novella is an interesting format and if you're exploring it as a writer/reader, Roy Parvin has "the real stuff" in these stories. May 08, 2014 Linda C rated it really liked it. Roy Parvin has crafted 3 novellas set in the Northwest that look at the inner workings of characters that are at a moment of change.

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In The Snow Forest: Three Novellas. Set mostly in the wilderness of northern California's Trinity Alps, this collection of short stories by Roy Parvin delves into the psyches of people who have placed themselves both physically and spiritually outside the normal range of social intercourse.

Parvin, Roy. Publication date. Betty Hutton - In the snow forest - Menno's granddaughter. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

The three novellas in this book are so rich and satisfying-I read them one to a sitting, not wanting them to end, savoring every .

The three novellas in this book are so rich and satisfying-I read them one to a sitting, not wanting them to end, savoring every word, losing myself in the snowbound landscapes, tied up in the characters' lives and desires.

Three intensely atmospheric and melancholy novellas of the West, by short-fiction writer Parvin (The Loneliest Road in America, 1997), in which three people probe the edges of their former lives, with varying degrees of success. The opening story, Betty Hutton, concerns a small-time crook named Gibbs, a forger trying to jumpstart his life after prison, who steals his girlfriend's money and an old Chrysler to take him from Jersey far into the Montana mountains, pursuing the visions of his last cellmate.

Roy Parvin has a sense of what people will do when they have reached their particular limits," says Charles Baxter, "and these wonderful tales are like visions. A recently paroled ex-con tries to outrun a violent past. An out-of-work logger finds an unexpected kind of love.

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Read writing from Roy Parvin on Medium. Roy Parvin is the award-winning author of two books of fiction, The Loneliest Road in America and In the Snow Forest.

Roy Parvin has a sense of what people will do when they have reached their particular limits, says Charles Baxter, and these wonderful tales are like visions. And a woman's journey by rail through a western swscape becomes a bittersweet tale of redemption.

A powerful collection of novellas takes readers on a compelling tour of the "Big Country," introducing an unemployed logger looking for love, an ex-con hoping to erase his past, and many other fascinating characters.
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Roy Parvin presents complex, deeply troubled characters, often stuck in seemingly unwinnable situations, and yet we find ourselves drawn to them, always wanting to know more, pulled in, even the faintest glimmers of hope and redemption enough to make the painful journeys worthwhile. The book carries the title of one of the three novellas, "In the Snowforest," yet it also serves to describe all of them, as each is forested and snowy in the actual sense, and also in the metaphorical sense. These characters will stay with me a long time.
Brilliant writing, can't wait to read more from this exceiting new athor
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Occasionally I pick up a book from all the books for sale in the world and have a premonition that it will be wonderful. I was right in this case. These three novellas tell the stories of three different men, the solitary, nature-loving men who are not written about so much anymore. One is a con trying to go straight. One is a logger whose life's work is over. The other is a man's man of a writer, whose story is told through the eyes of his first wife, who has come looking for him after his death. These are crafted, careful stories that treat their flawed, searching characters with great respect. Their situations and emotions are convincing and moving.

As a reader who is more interested in character and interactions, I do not like overly descriptive landscape writing, but these landscapes of mountains, trees and snow just sing on the page. And now I know why the roads are red in Wyoming.
After reading (and reviewing) Tom Franklin's excellent collection of stories Poachers, I was tipped off to this collection of three novellas by aspiring young writer Roy Parvin. There is much to recommend here, and I look forward to reading Parvin's debut novel which is apparently on the way.
Parvin writes with grace and confidence, and his stories, while all very different from one another, have a lot in common. The surroundings are harsh and well-depicted, the characters are all vividly drawn and approaching middle age, and the tales are suspenseful in a cool, calculated style. There is a sense of seriousness, as if each of the protagonists knows he or she is at a crossroads and there is no turning back.
The first novella depicts a desperate ex-con, Gibbs, who makes off with his girlfriend's stash of money, a stolen car, and heads west in an attempt to get away from his past and start anew. You can sense the internal demons pushing Gibbs toward trouble, and feel his struggle to maintain his poise in the mythical Montana which had been the stuff of dreams in his prison cell back east. He seems to think all of his troubles will be solved upon reaching the wild west, and as readers we know better all along.
The title story for me was the most effective of the bunch. A logger disabled by a shoulder injury is forced to miss the season, and instead stays home at his rustic cabin where he begins a painstaking courtship with an unwed mother whose child is gravely ill. I loved the scene where he chaperones a group of girls on an organized walk in the woods. There are some incredibly moving passages here, as you sense the gradual awakening of feelings in Darby and Harper, while you somehow know the ending is not going to be storybook.
The final story had parts that I thought were as good as anything in the book, but was somewhat unsatisfying as a whole. Menno's Granddaughter involves a woman, Lindsay, who was divorced and then widowed by a famous writer who left her in California, remarried and then killed himself in a small town in Wyoming. I am giving away nothing since the action of the story takes place a couple of years later as Lindsay boards a series of trains to take her east to the Hudson Valley to visit her parents, while she composes a long letter to her deceased husband. She is full of curiosity about the town in Wyoming where her husband Whit ended up, and through a coincidence that I thought was a little contrived, she ends up there herself for awhile due to a blizzard. The scenes with Lindsay and second wife Alex were fascinating, but I think Parvin kind of took the easy way out getting them together.
All in all, I highly recommend the book. Parvin is a strong new voice in contemporary fiction, with a deep understanding of human emotions. Landscapes come alive in his vivid depictions, and his paragraphs are full of hidden meaning. I breezed through all of these stories fairly quickly, and intend to reread them over time to appreciate the grace and power of Parvin's prose. Here's hoping his novel is as good.
I didn't enjoy these short stories very much. The first, titled "Betty Hutton," is just plain creepy. An ex-con struggles to avoid repeating his violent past. When he comes upon a young woman and her little son at the beach, your skin just begins to crawl hoping against hope that he won't do them any harm. Will he or won't he kill the old guy in the ice shack? Will he or won't he use his gun after the card game? I was uncomfortable reading this, and to be honest, I wouldn't have cared that much if someone had just blown him away. I really didn't see all that many redeeming qualities in Gibbs and didn't feel much concern for his fate.
The second story, "In the Snow Forest," is so emotionless, you don't really care much about these characters at the tragic ending either. There was zero passion in their relationship, and the characters are flat and lifeless. I understand that the author is intentionally drawing the characters in a way that illustrates life and hardships, but come on, when two people discover love, there is always some amount of excitement and joy. I felt that the two main characters were interesting, but the author does absolutely nothing with them.
The last story, "Menno's Granddaughter," was my favorite, and I enjoyed this one quite a bit, with the exception of two plot points. Would a divorced/widowed forty year old woman in 1957 sleep with a complete stranger on a train when still upset over losing her husband? Nothing in the character of Lindsay, as drawn by the author, really gives us too many clues into this, except of course that she's lonely and still mourning loss. And then there's the strange "kiss" at the end of the story that seems so totally out of place in the plot. Anyway, it was an interesting character study, but defintely flawed.
All in all, I can't really recommend this book. Since there are so many glowing reviews here, I felt I needed to add my opinion.
I found this book particularly interesting as I grew up in the area of "In the Snow Forest" in the Trinity Alps. The whole place has such a unique feel to it that I wonder if it is hard to absorb when reading Parvin? I loved "In the Snow Forest" but I am viewing it through "local" eyes and could easily picture the lead characters meeting at the Yellowjacket (a real place) for lunch and conversation, especially as the summer wears on the cold loneliness of fall in the Trinities comes on and the tourists stay home. I liked this story and would recommend it to people who enjoy western literature.