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Crow Lake (Today's Book Club) Paperback – 1 Jan 2003

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  • 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)
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Amazon Review

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.

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" 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
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"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

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I found the constant time switches confusing. It's fine if you sit and read a book on one sitting but, if, like me, you only read a few pages each night, it is difficult to keep track of where you are and when!!!
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Enthralling and original and moving. I recommend greatly.
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A huge bestseller, which passed me by at the time.
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!
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I really loved this book and The Other side of the Bridge by the same author, both are slightly melancholic without being overtly sad, but they are beautifully written. I read mostly crime fiction so to find a non gory book that I didn't want to put down was a real treat!
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I really enjoyed this book
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I can't praise this book highly enough - I just loved it all the way through. Everything seems 'real' and 'right' - the setting, the characters, the dialogue, the scenes, the plot as a whole. The writing is wonderful, and often very funny - from the first paragraph you know you're in for a treat. It's one of those books that you want to read slowly and savour, but you can't stop turning the pages.

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!
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It is a VERY long time since I read through a book in one sitting AND am about to read it again! A beautiful story, reminding me alot of To Kill A Mockingbird in that it's told in the first person by a girl now grown and looking back on her childhood. Some may say I shouldn't compare this, Mary Lawson's first novel, to such a classic as Mockingbird, but that was Harper Lee's first and ONLY novel remember.
Well written, good story, unputdownable - what more can a reader want? Hopefully this is not Lawson's ONLY novel!
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I want to say this is a gentle story, but I do not wish to infer that it is shallow or lukewarm. It is exactly the opposite. It has great depth, understanding, beauty and strength. I had the voice of Kate in my head as she narrated her tale. The writing is so keen I could clearly decipher her accent and the measured but deliberate way she speaks.
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!!!
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