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Crow Lake (Today Show Book Club #7)
by Mary Lawson

Published: 2003-01-13
Paperback : 320 pages
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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 ...
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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 “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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by tcrowl (see profile) 05/31/18

 
  "Crow lake"by Gaykirk (see profile) 04/08/16

Very descriptive of desolate Canada unpopulated areas. The pond was so intensive. Characters well drawn. Plot was good but Kate's way of looking at life and her family was very much the main problem which... (read more)

 
  "Crow Lake"by krisjac6 (see profile) 09/20/13

 
  "Crow Lake"by 46669 (see profile) 08/13/10

Our group loved this book. We could all see the characters and where they lived so vividly. We all enjoyed discussing this family and all they went through.

 
  "3.75/5 by 4 members"by mindyhayes (see profile) 01/26/09

 
  "Excellent point made in resolution"by momofangel (see profile) 02/09/08

Would actually give more stars but I have reservations about recommending due to the deep sadness throughout book. The ending, however, points out a lesson that we should be reminded of more often. If... (read more)

 
  "Disfunctional family in a small town"by interbrook (see profile) 09/03/07

There are so many other books out there. Why waste your time on a depressing family in a depressing town.

 
  "A family of children struggles to survive in the Canadian north."by Frazzle (see profile) 07/17/07

We loved this book. The characters were realistic and multi-faceted. The treatment of time and place were marvelous. Many were unable to put the book down!

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