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The Lake of Dreams Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011

3.3 out of 5 stars 100 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670920231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670920235
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Edwards's] latest novel, set in the Finger Lakes region of her native New York, is another tour de force that showcases her talent for engaging readers immediately and, her agile prose would argue, effortlessly."
--"Louisville Courier-Journal"

"Gorgeously written. . . . luminously beautiful."
--"The Dallas Morning News"

"Kim Edwards writes with great wisdom and compassion about family, choices, secrets, and redemption."
--Luanne Rice


"Beautifully written, with vivid imagery and emotion, this book shines with artistry. Edwards has another winner here, and I look forward to reading more of her work."
--Bookreporter.com

"Once again, Edwards has created a memorable cast of easily recognizable characters . . . This is a powerful story about the influence of history, the importance of our beliefs, and the willingness to embrace them all."
--"Booklist"
"Gorgeously written. . . . luminously beautiful."
--"The Dallas Morning News"
"[Edwards's] latest novel, set in the Finger Lakes region of her native New York, is another tour de force that showcases her talent for engaging readers immediately and, her agile prose would argue, effortlessly."
--"Louisville Courier-Journal"
"Beautifully written, with vivid imagery and emotion, this book shines with artistry. Edwards has another winner here, and I look forward to reading more of her work."
--Bookreporter.com
"Kim Edwards writes with great wisdom and compassion about family, choices, secrets, and redemption."
--Luanne Rice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kim Edwards is the author of the #1 "New York Times "bestseller "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," which was translated into thirty-eight languages." The Lake of Dreams "is her second "New York Times "bestselling novel. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, "The Secrets of a Fire King."" "Her honors include the Whiting Award, the British Book Award, and "USA""Today"'"s" Book of the Year, as well as the Nelson Algren Award, a National Magazine Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has taught widely in the US and Asia, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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The Lake of Dreams is a nicely written book with some lovely imagery but by the end I felt like it was all a bit pointless.

Essentially it's a story about a genealogy search after the protagonist, Lucy, finds some unusual items in her family home. The search takes the majority of the book and although Lucy reveals some interesting family secrets I felt it was never really fully explored and it all culminated very quickly and resolved in a few pages.

There was a lot of potential in the links to women's rights in the early part of the twentieth century but I didn't think the author really made the most of what could have been really interesting material. There are also themes of Inuit rights, environmental issues, land rights and family relationships but I think that the author just attempts to get too much in and never really deals with any of the themes thoroughly enough.

Note that there is a family tree at the back of the book - I only found it at the end when it was useless to me!

All-in-all a nicely written book that didn't get to grips with any of the themes it covered and left me feeling less than satisfied. Not one I would really recommend to my reader friends.
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By Beansmummy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2011
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I quite enjoyed this book, although far from being a page-tuner it nonetheless interested me enough to keep going with it. I, like other reviewers, didn't much like to main character, Lucy, but I was intrigued by her search through her ancestry, and this kept me reading. The writing is pleasant and unchallenging, and some of the descriptions are very evocative.

I was irrationally irritated by the author's unsubtle reference to her own book (The Memory Keepers Daughter) - being read, and commented on, by Lucy's mother (page 142 in my copy).

Overall I did enjoy it. It compares unfavourably to The Memory Kepers Daughter, but still makes for a good holiday read.
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By Nikki VINE VOICE on 28 April 2012
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I really enjoyed The Memory Keeper's Daughter so was expecting to like this book too but disappointingly I found it to be very boring and slow. It was difficult to get into and really didn't hold my interest, the more I read the more bored I became! I would recommend reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter but steer clear of reading this one!
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Having read The Memory Keeper's Daughter, which I couldn't put down, the opposite happened with this book which I found hard to pick up! I'm very disappointed. I thought maybe it was me, but I see that others had a struggle with it too. It just didn't grip me in any way. I don't think geneology as a subject matter a good idea, all a bit tedious really. I constantly found my mind drifting off elsewhere and then having to re-read pages! I gave up in the end. I think Kim Edwards is a gifted writer but I just wish she'd given us something a bit more thrilling and intriguing as her follow up novel.
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I absolutely loved this story when I first started it. Kim Edwards has a brilliant way with words and this instantly draws you in.

I really warmed to the main character, Lucy, and I was very interested in what she was going to dicover. The story centres around some objects she finds in her family home and the story of one particular lady. We are introduced to the contraversial world of women's rights in the early 20th century.

Unfortunately as I got about half way through I found myself becoming increasingly bored. The secret is dragged out over pages of endless (and pointless) description. We are also introduced to so many characters I began to forget who was who and found the family tree in the back next to useless. Also there are many elements to the story, which distracted me from the main focus.

I can only give this 3 stars because by the end I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters. The writing is good but it is not enough to save it.
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By JM TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2011
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I haven't read the widely acclaimed Memory Keeper's Daughter (also by this author) so can't compare it to that, but having heard such great things, thought I'd give this latest offering a try. This is the story of Lucy, who returns to her childhood home from Japan after several years. Whilst there she discovers a number of old letters and papers in her mother's house, seemingly they belonged to a mysterious ancestor of whom none of the family have ever heard and who appears to have disappeared from the family tree. Lucy sets out to discover what could have happened that meant she was wiped from their family history.
This is an interesting enough story, very nicely written with some vivid descriptions and a good talent for setting the scene, I could almost taste the delicious home cooked food in Avery's cafe. However my one criticism would be that it is a very gently paced read and I felt like I was always waiting for something to happen, and nothing much ever really did. I didn't dislike it by any means but was left feeling that within all those pages there was very little action of any kind.
As for the characterisation, I found Lucy's boyfriend Yoshi was just a cardboard cutout, her ex boyfriend and first love Keegan was far more engaging, and her mother was very defensive and not very likeable.
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