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Snowed in
Bartolomeo, Christina.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2004]

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373 pages; 22 cm
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This touching and witty new novel is written by the author of This Side of Angels.

Author Notes

Christina Bartolomeo is the author of The Side of the Angels and Cupid and Diana , which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was adapted for a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie. A native of Washington, D.C., Bartolomeo lives in the Boston area.

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Booklist Review

Warm-blooded Sophie Quinn has moved from temperate Washington, D.C., to the great white north of Portland, Maine, where her husband, Paul, has a new job. A freelancer, she is stuck in their freezing apartment while her husband goes to work singing the praises of his female colleague. Sophie has made a to-do list of self-improvements because her life and marriage are at a standstill, and it includes get more exercise, so she joins a walking group started by Stephen, a gregarious gay man she meets at the local coffee shop. The reticent Sophie enjoys the group, especially Ned, with whom she grows close. As Sophie's marriage deteriorates, her appreciation for Portland and the people she meets increases, which helps her gain confidence in herself and gives direction in her life, much to the relief of her highly amusing family and friends. Readers will be drawn to the entertaining characters in this heartwarming story about self-discovery and the triumph of the meek over the aggressively ambitious. --Patty Engelmann Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Three months after moving to Portland, Maine, for her husband Paul's job, Sophie begins worrying about her quiet life, her "safe" marriage and, particularly, Natalie, the snappy new assistant in her husband's office. Calls to her happily married sister, Delia, and her long-time friend, Marta, don't assuage her concerns, but Sophie, a freelance artist and proofreader with time on her hands, finds companionship by joining a local walking club. In a captivating tale, Bartolomeo (Cupid and Diana) combines Anne Tyler's brand of trenchant domestic observation with a comic flair all her own (Sophie's know-it-all mother-in-law, Pepper, is "good for twenty more years. She wasn't the sort who succumbed early to cancer or heart attacks-she was the sort who caused them in those around her"). Sophie finds a kindred spirit in Ned, another member of the walking group, who offers to give her driving lessons, and Bartolomeo delicately charts the course of their developing rapport amid Sophie's troubled marriage and Ned's long-distance relationship with a girlfriend. Bartolomeo offers rare insight into friendship and romance in this sweetly poignant page-turner, leaving readers rooting for Sophie, her newfound confidence and the future that awaits her around the next bend. Agent, Henry Dunow. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

"Courage is not my leading virtue. I've always avoided change of any sort, operating on the principle of safety first." So says Sophie Quinn in the opening paragraph of this delightful new work from the author of the popular Cupid and Diana, which is currently being made into a television movie. Sophie has followed her still new husband, Paul, to Portland, ME, while he pursues a new job opportunity. Portland is cold, and Sophie knows no one in town. Having no car and no outside job, she hibernates in their apartment while Paul becomes more and more involved with work and a suspiciously friendly colleague. A chance meeting with the organizer of a hiking club leads to open doors and new opportunities for Sophie, and she learns to create a life of her own. Not that it's easy, but "sometimes it's more terrible and more stupid to sit, paralyzed, as events slip past you." Sophie is a well-drawn character whose struggles and final triumph are beautifully captured. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Kathy Ingels Helmond, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.