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Crow Lake - Mary Lawson
Crow Lake
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Crow Lake is that rare find, a first novel so quietly assured, so emotionally pitch perfect, you know from the opening page that this is the real thing—a literary experience in which to lose yourself, by an author of immense talent.Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the rural... show more
Crow Lake is that rare find, a first novel so quietly assured, so emotionally pitch perfect, you know from the opening page that this is the real thing—a literary experience in which to lose yourself, by an author of immense talent.Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the rural “badlands” of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape. For the farming Pye family, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, and terrible events occur—offstage. Centerstage are the Morrisons, whose tragedy looks more immediate if less brutal, but is, in reality, insidious and divisive. Orphaned young, Kate Morrison was her older brother Matt’s protegee, her fascination for pond life fed by his passionate interest in the natural world. Now a zoologist, she can identify organisms under a microscope but seems blind to the state of her own emotional life. And she thinks she’s outgrown her siblings—Luke, Matt, and Bo—who were once her entire world. In this universal drama of family love and misunderstandings, of resentments harbored and driven underground, Lawson ratchets up the tension with heartbreaking humor and consummate control, continually overturning one’s expectations right to the very end. Tragic, funny, unforgettable, Crow Lake is a quiet tour de force that will catapult Mary Lawson to the forefront of fiction writers today.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385337632 (0385337639)
ASIN: 385337639
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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NerdyBirdie
NerdyBirdie rated it
3.0 Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
Umm, I’m not really sure what to say about Crow Lake. I’d finished the book a couple of days ago, but I had analysis work to hand in, so I had to reread/skim a couple of sections.To be honest, Crow Lake was strong in the beginning. The “Pye nightmare” ruining the “Morrison dream” was great! There wa...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
3.0 Crow Lake
"I remember reading somewhere a theory to the effect that each member of a family has a role – ‘the clever one’, ‘the pretty one’, ‘the selfish one ’. Once you’ve been established in the role for a while you’re stuck with it – no matter what you do people will still see you as whatever-it-was – but ...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
5.0 Crow Lake / Mary Lawson
Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the rural “badlands” of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape. For the farming Pye family, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, and terrible events occur—offstage. Centerst...
To Shoot or Not to Shoot
To Shoot or Not to Shoot rated it
4.0 Crow Lake
Terrific - couldn't put it down. It has that rich, deep quality that stems from a writer's childhood memories. And the story-telling is tight and structured and the characters compelling, the place is vivid. There is also a real feeling of hope for the future, a sense of Canada moving forward, of ro...
Mellkoh
Mellkoh rated it
4.0 Crow Lake
With the exception of 35 pages, I blew threw this book on one day. The writing grabs hold of you and keeps you in its grasp, while trying to figure out where the journey will end up. I thought I knew where we were going, on a couple of occasions, but it was no where near as complicated as I though...
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