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The Other Side of the Bridge
by Mary Lawson

Published: 2006-10-26
Hardcover : 296 pages
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From the author of the beloved #1 national bestseller Crow Lake comes an exceptional new novel of jealously, rivalry and the dangerous power of obsession.

Two brothers, Arthur and Jake Dunn, are the sons of a farmer in the mid-1930s, when life is tough and another world war is looming. ...
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(From the author of the beloved #1 national bestseller Crow Lake comes an exceptional new novel of jealously, rivalry and the dangerous power of obsession.

Two brothers, Arthur and Jake Dunn, are the sons of a farmer in the mid-1930s, when life is tough and another world war is looming. Arthur is reticent, solid, dutiful and set to inherit the farm and his father’s character; Jake is younger, attractive, mercurial and dangerous to know – the family misfit. When a beautiful young woman comes into the community, the fragile balance of sibling rivalry tips over the edge.

Then there is Ian, the family’s next generation, and far too sure he knows the difference between right and wrong. By now it is the fifties, and the world has changed – a little, but not enough.

These two generations in the small town of Struan, Ontario, are tragically interlocked, linked by fate and community but separated by a war which devours its young men – its unimaginable horror reaching right into the heart of this remote corner of an empire. With her astonishing ability to turn the ratchet of tension slowly and delicately, Lawson builds their story to a shocking climax. Taut with apprehension, surprising us with moments of tenderness and humour, The Other Side of the Bridge is a compelling, humane and vividly evoked novel with an irresistible emotional undertow.

Arthur found himself staring down at the knife embedded in his foot. There was a surreal split second before the blood started to well up and then up it came, dark and thick as syrup.

Arthur looked at Jake and saw that he was staring at the knife. His expression was one of surprise, and this was something that Arthur wondered about later too. Was Jake surprised because he had never considered the possibility that he might be a less than perfect shot? Did he have that much confidence in himself, that little self-doubt?

Or was he merely surprised at how easy it was to give in to an impulse, and carry through the thought which lay in your mind? Simply to do whatever you wanted to do, and damn the consequences.

–from The Other Side of the Bridge

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  "Nice"by coldstreampond (see profile) 02/26/10

If this book were a girl, everybody would say she's nice. It's an accessible, likable book - the kind you give to your Mom. The best part is the sense of time and place the author gives you - she has... (read more)

 
  "Great book"by lputka (see profile) 07/25/08

I liked the writing style. Just a great easy book to read, I cannot wait to read her other book.

 
  "A really well written book about two boys and their childhood in Canada"by dtcfife (see profile) 07/22/08

I really enjoyed this book. It started off a little slow, but the characters grab hold of you and you feel like you are living in Canada in the 1940's. I would highly recommend this book for a book club... (read more)

 
  "A good book, worthy of discussion."by brerra (see profile) 03/27/08

 
  "Wonderful book that is well written"by Wendy56 (see profile) 12/11/07

This seemingly simple story of 2 boys growing up in 2 different generations in a small town in Canada erupts in an ending that is both tragic and triumphant.

 
  "Story of two young men growing up in different time with different struggles"by pebbles (see profile) 08/25/07

It was a very enjoyable book with an interesting story and characters. Overall, not very complex but a great story.

 
  "a wonderful book"by lisamck (see profile) 08/24/07

 
  "Loved this book...just as good as Crow Lake."by paigeken (see profile) 08/24/07

 
  "A story of the Canadian North."by Frazzle (see profile) 06/21/07

A very popular choice. The book reads like butter. We enjoyed it as much as Crow Lake. Lawson is a master of characterization. She captures time and place with specificity and also with universality.... (read more)

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