- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Dial Press; 2nd. Edition edition (Jan. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385337639
- ISBN-13: 978-0385337632
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Crow Lake (Today's Book Club) Paperback – 1 Jan 2003
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Canadian writer Mary Lawson's debut novel is a beautifully crafted and shimmering tale of love, death and redemption set in the eponymous Crow Lake, an isolated rural community where time has stood still. Narrated by 26-year-old Kate Morrison, we dive in and out of the troubled woman's childhood memories over the passage of a year--when she was seven and her parents were killed in a motoring accident, leaving Kate, her younger sister Bo and two older brothers Matt and Luke orphaned. The proverbial can of worms is opened for our heroine when she receives an invitation to Matt's son's 18th birthday. The successful zoologist and professor, so accustomed to dissecting everything through a microscope, must suddenly analyse her own relationship and come to terms with her past before she forsakes a future with the man she loves. She is still in turmoil over the events of that fateful summer and winter 20 years ago when the tragedy of another local family, the Pyes, spilled over into their own lives with earth-shattering consequences. One dark night, a shivering Laurie, Pye's only son, stands mute in their porchlight, straining to share something with them but, startled, turns and runs away. The many strange, longing looks which pass between Matt and Marie, Pye's eldest daughter. And the awful night when Marie stands in their doorway whispering unspeakable horrors. In Kate's eyes, the Pye family drown out the hopes and dreams of her own in that one moment. But does the tragedy really lie in the past or is it in the present? Lawson's narrative flows effortlessly in ever-increasing circles, swirling impressions in the reader's mind until form takes shape and the reader is left to reflect on the whole. Crow Lake is a wonderful achievement that will ripple in and out the reader's consciousness long after the last page is turned. --Nicola Perry --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
" A finely crafted debut ... conveys an astonishing intensity of emotion, almost Proustian in its sense of loss and regret." -- "Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"" The assurance with which Mary Lawson handles both reflection and violence makes her a writer to read and watch ... has a resonance at once witty and poignant." -- "New York Times Book Review
"" Crow Lake is the kind of book that keeps you reading well past midnight; you grieve when it' s over. Then you start pressing it on friends." -- "Washington Post Book World
"" A touching meditation on the power of loyalty and loss, on the ways in which we pay our debts and settle old scores, and on what it means to love, to accept, to succeed-- and to negotiate fate' s obstacle courses." -- "People
"" Lawson' s tight focus on the emotional and moral effects of a drastic turn of events on a small human group has its closest contemporary analogue in the novels of Ian McEwan." -- "Toronto Star
"A finely crafted debut ... conveys an astonishing intensity of emotion, almost Proustian in its sense of loss and regret."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Top Customer Reviews
Wonderful read. Beautifully written.
The characters & haunting story stay with me long after I'd finished the story.
Will be reading more by this author!
The characters are brought to life so well, and by the end you really care about what happens to them.
One of my favourite books ever!
Well written, good story, unputdownable - what more can a reader want? Hopefully this is not Lawson's ONLY novel!
The atmosphere created by the writing had me holding my breath waiting to see what happened next. There is no razzmatazz, no bells and whistles, just simple, well written, from the heart storytelling, which is so insightful it made me wonder if the author lived out some of the scenarios herself.
As the pages turned with ease I was listening to the story of a child, and a young woman carrying her inner child inside her and still trying to cope with the fall out from the trauma following the loss of her parents at 7 years of age.
The novel has an aura of mystery and suspense that expands slowly as the tale reaches its climax. Kate is ultimately forced to confront her painful past in order to exorcise the ghosts and face the truth for her own sake. A stunningly beautiful read, which provides food for thought afterwards. Enjoy!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm glad you got me this book dad. It's so good!
Comments from a 14 year old lad.
This is a lovely tale beautifully told about a young family living in rural Canada.
Their relationships are complex and it is really worth discovering for yourself how life... Read more
GOOD read . have passed it on now, and my friend enjoyed too.xPublished 9 months ago by GILLIAN TURNER
This is a wonderfully exuberant tale about nothing very much....just the dynamics of a family in a remote settlement on a Canadian lake. Read morePublished 10 months ago by jackrock
A good start to the book but it dragged a bit & I was expecting more of a twist.Published 11 months ago by Mrs. L. Daly