The Snowy Series #2
Set in 1957—1987
What happened next?
Ruth Doan MacDougall received countless letters from readers of THE CHEERLEADER asking this question. She answered it by writing SNOWY, which chronicles Snowy’s next thirty years.
SNOWY describes how Snowy and her friends, who came of age in the security of the 1950s when roles were accepted and defined, develop during the next three decades—a time of rapid changes in American society—as each character follows a unique path, coping with the challenges of college, marriage, career, and changes within immediate and extended families.
“Readers should prepare to laugh out loud and cry in earnest as former high school cheerleader Henrietta Snow grows up in this delightful sequel to THE CHEERLEADER.”
Continuing the story she began in The Cheerleader , MacDougall traces the life of Henrietta Snow from 1957, when she leaves her New Hampshire hometown and middle-class parents to attend Bennington College, through a crisis in late middle-age. At Bennington, Snowy concentrates on becoming a poet and expanding her realms of knowledge, specifically about dating and sex. Her subsequent life seems satisfying--she has a loving marriage, bears a daughter and publishes several collections of poetry--but Snowy believes her potential remains unfulfilled. She develops agoraphobia and finds herself immersed in her past, analyzing two mercurial childhood friendships and recalling her high school sweetheart. When her depressive husband commits suicide, she finally confronts the toll her illness has taken on her relationships and her poetry. Although often sensitive, this portrait of a woman adrift lacks focus and jars the reader with an awkwardly paced and structured narrative.