Cold Enough For Snow by Jessica Au


Jessica Au’s ‘Cold Enough for Snow’ felt less like a novel and more like stepping inside someone else’s mind. Perhaps some of my visceral love for this book is because the mind I stepped into felt remarkably familiar. Plot definitely takes the back seat here as we follow a daughter travelling in Japan with her mother, meandering through museums, forest and a fair few detours into the protagonist’s past. The things left unsaid were really what made this novel for me and the way they captured a simultaneous intimacy and distance between the mother and daughter. It is so great to see an Australian author gain international recognition with their win of The Novel Prize 2021 and is perfect for someone looking for a reflective and mediative read. Zoe