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Whiter than snow
Sandra Dallas
Adult Fiction DALLAS

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In this stilted, disjointed smalltown disaster drama, a 1920 Colorado avalanche traps nine children in a snow drift, turning their close-knit community upside-down in the process. As the children's families learn of their predicament, the complicated backstories that bind the members of sleepy Swandyke come to light; in the present, the developing tragedy, including multiple deaths, transforms the community through sorrow, forgiveness, and redemption. Unfortunately, novelist Dallas (Prayers for Sale) isn't up to the challenge of multiple plot threads, a large cast of characters, or the heavily loaded children-in-distress material; exaggerated caricature, stiff dialogue, and poorly integrated character history make for awkward, disappointing melodrama. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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main characters Joe Cobb
Male
African American
Left Alabama and moved to Colorado with his daughter; one of the first men on scene trying to dig nine children, including his own, trapped after an avalanche.

Grace Foote
Female
Married
Wife of the mine manager; her son is trapped in an avalanche.

Essie Snowball
Female
Jewish
Born Esther Schnable to conservative Jewish parents; moved from New York City; works in a brothel; her daughter is trapped in an avalanche.
Prostitute

Minder Evans
Male
Civil War veteran
Raising his grandson who gets trapped in an avalanche.

Lucy Patch
Female
Married
Her two children are trapped in an avalanche; estranged from her sister, Dolly.

Dolly Patch
Female
Married
Her three children are trapped in an avalanche; estranged from her sister, Lucy.



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