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By Glen Hirshberg

The Snowman’s kids is a poignant, psychologically excessive first novel that tells the tale of an incident from one man’s formative years within the Seventies, while a serial killer referred to as The Snowman stalked the streets of suburban Detroit. The incident, as a result of the sturdy yet woefully erroneous juvenile intentions, compelled his family members to go away their domestic, and finally pressured him, at age twenty-nine, to come back to his native land looking for 3 previous neighbors. resembling either To Kill a Mockingbird in its touching portrait of formative years, and the fantastically written model of suspense that calls to brain Smilla’s experience of Snow, The Snowman’s young children is an surprisingly managed and unique novel that establishes Hirshberg as a massive new voice in American literature.

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