A few years ago my mother read Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas, an author from our neighboring state of Colorado. Mom enjoyed it and lent it to me at a time when I had so many ARCs demanding my attention that I had to set Prayers for Sale aside.
In February we were discussing Prayers for Sale and wondering if Dallas had a new book out. Checking amazon.com we discovered Whiter Than Snow was going to be released on March 30. A few days later I received an offer for an a review copy. I jumped for joy.
When the book arrived I gave it to my mother and asked her if she would be willing to do an interview about the book. She graciously accepted.
Before I share the interview, let me tell you a little about this amazing lady that I am fortunate to have for a mother. She's 88 years old and is starting to slow down slightly. My 2 sisters and I used to collapse on a bench when we'd shop with her and occasionally say, "Oh, there she goes..." Not one of her seven children can keep up with her. When we travel she doesn't sleep because she's afraid she'll miss something.
It was my mother's example of life-long learning that has encouraged my love for reading. She graduated from the University of Nebraska the same year her second child graduated from high school. Most of her years in college she had all 7 of us living at home.
1. What did the title have to do with the story?
A tremendous snow slide is the focus of the story and as it crushes and whitens everything in its destructive path, the lives of all the people are changed--whitened. Priorities are changed and old grudges and grievances are overcome and forgotten.2. Why did you decide to read this book?
I had read and enjoyed Dallas’ Prayers for Sale, so when I read a review of this soon to come out book I added it to my to-read list. The setting for both books are little gold-mining camps high in the Rockies above Denver. Brought back memories of a radio soap opera that we used to listen to when I was growing up. ?? I was attracted yo Prayers for Sale as I knew piecing quilts was an integral part of the story. Quilts were only mentioned in this book , mostly as being plentifully available to wrap survivors in.3. How does the author make the setting important?
The setting is the very basis of the story. Life in a mining camp shapes the characters of the residents. They endure many tragedies and hardships. Some have come to seek the isolation of the camp and to others it is the only life they know or want. Some want to escape but the hold on them is powerful and leaving is difficult.4. How does point of view shape the book?
I am a reader who does not often internalize stories. Most of what I read is purely for the enjoyment of a good story with an interesting plot and memorable characters.
5. Did this book remind you of anything tha has happened to you?
As mentioned above--the old radio program. Also I thought of our trips through the Rockies and some of the little mining towns we drove through. I would like to visit a little town like Swandyke.
6. What did you feel towards the main character? Was there another character you found to be more interesting?
I am not sure just who was the main character. So many were strong characters with such a diversity of backgrounds, hang-ups, fears, secrets. Etc. I particularly am drawn to the to two single men whose children did not survive the avalanche,, Joe and Minder. Telling of them made a very strong ending for the book.Thanks so much to my Mom for reading and reviewing this book. I'm looking forward to reading it in the near future.