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review Crow Lake × eBook or Kindle ePUB ¿ Mary Lawson's debut novel is a shimmering tale of love death and redemption set in a rural northern community where time has stood still Tragic funny and unforgettable this deceptively simple masterpiece about the perils of hero worship leapt to the top of the bestseller lists only days after being rThe doctorate and university teaching position She is never able to reconcile her success with what she considers the tragedy of Matt’s failure and she feels a terrible guilt over the sacrifices made for her Now a successful biologist in her twenties she nervously returns home with her partner a microbiologist from an academic family to celebrate Matt’s son’s birthday Amid the clash of cultures Kate takes us in and out of her troubled childhood memories Accustomed to dissecting organisms under a microscope she must now analyze her own emotional life She is still in turmoil over the events of one fateful year when the tragedy of another local family spilled over into her own There are things she cannot understand or forgiveIn this universal drama of family love and misunderstandings Lawson ratchets up the tension her narrative flowing with consummate control in ever increasing circles overturning one’s expectations to the end Compared by Publishers Weekly to Richard Ford for her lyrical evocative writing Lawson combines deeply drawn characters beautiful writing and a powerful description of the land. I have pursued your dream single mindedly; I have become familiar with books and ideas you never even imagined and somehow in the process of acuiring all that knowledge I have managed to learn nothing at allBeautifully written and emotionally moving Crow Lake is told through the point of view of a young woman who has lived through a certain type of family hell and survived it Sort of Four children different ages with different temperaments are forced into bonds and responsibility that weighed them down when tragedy struck their family in a small town Ultimately the book is about sacrifices people make and how they come to terms with itThere isn't any surprise revelation at the end the book didn't need that but it was a sense of awakening for the protagonist Kate She finally opens her eyes and loses some of the blinders she had on for most of her life I felt bad for not liking her some of the time because I kept reminding myself she was a vulnerable person drowning in tragedy at one point and that I probably just couldn't understand her view enough but I can't help it there's a small selfish unlikable vibe she has going downThe bonding of siblings with small town people who act like heroes was maybe the best part I could care less about the twisted side story of the neighboring family but the author took pains to inject foreshadowing and hinting galore about them even opening the story by comparing the two Really the book would have been just as good without that family and the secrets but I suppose it did add another dimension to the storyline and where one character ended up just probably not as strongly as the author intended it toDespite how beautifully written it was how well the author handled the ups and downs of small town life and tragic struggles the book held little content other than a small step in the direction of personal growth It leaves a bittersweet feeling in the chest that sad stories often imprint It was a telling of how four lives evolved and how four people beat the odds in different ways but my interest didn't raise above a three star by the end of it

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Est is accepted at teachers college despite having struggle mightily through school but before he can enroll the Morrison parents are killed in a collision with a logging truck He gives up his place to stay home and raise his younger sisters seven year old Kate and Bo still a babyIn this family bound together by loss the closest relationship is that between Kate and her older brother Matt who love to wander off to the ponds together and lie on the bank noses to the water Matt teaches his little sister to watch “damselflies performing their delicate iridescent dances” to understand how water beetles “carry down an air bubble with them when they submerge” The life in the pond is one that seems to go on forever in contrast to the abbreviated lives of the Morrison parents Matt becomes Kate’s hero and her guide as his passionate interest in the natural world sparks an eual passion in KateMatt a true scholar is expected to fulfill the family dream by becoming the first Morrison to earn a university degree But a dramatic event changes his course and he ends up a farmer; so it is Kate who eventually earns. I feel like I’ve just been hit by a truck—this book blindsided me and despite the impact I adore it This may be because it ticks so many of my personal boxes but I’ve been wandering the house since I finished it ploughing my way through laundry dinner dishes trying desperately to find my footing again while I’m processingWithin the first few pages of the book Katherine’s parents are killed in a car accident sending the four children on a confusing agonizing struggle to put their lives back together again Katherine is only seven years old—I was 34 when it happened to me and my life was blown apart and has never fully recovered “You make it sound like it was centuries ago” Daniel said “If you parents died when you were seven it’s barely twenty years”“It feels like centuries” I said Lawson nails it with that tiny bit of dialog Although it’s been 18 years since my parents’ car accident some days it feels like yesterday—other days it feels like I never had parents And I completely relate to Katherine’s numbness the reluctance to feel anything about anyone—if you care there’s a good chance that they will get yanked away from you Not caring seems like your only defence against heart wrenching pain The only problem is that is doesn’t work People like Katherine’s boyfriend Daniel worm their way into your life and you reluctantly begin to care about them all the while struggling to see them as temporary and frustrating the hell out of them as they wonder what is wrong with youI clearly remember the day that I put my emotions on ice—it was about a year and a half after the funerals and I remember thinking “I’m so tired of crying” So I uit It has taken years to thaw that permafrost and I’m still unsure that the process is finished Still a bit freezer burned I guessIt’s taken me eighteen years but I’ve finally been able to engage with my family again—they’ve been very patient they waited and I’ve been accepted back without reservation Knowing this makes me love them fiercely—after being emotionally frozen for so many years the strength of that love surprises me on each and every occasion that I spend time with themI also have a farm background like Katherine and used university as a way to do something different—I even started my university career as a biology major until I was seduced by so many other interesting subjects and wandered away into the arts and social sciences But I have so many fond memories of wandering the coulees of home identifying wild flowers scooping snails out of the pond and studying the ground suirrels as I emulated my personal idol Jane Goodall chimpanzees were in short supply but ground suirrels were plentiful on the prairiesSo I may have been predisposed to love this book—still I cannot recommend it highly enough It is worth than 5 stars to me

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Crow LakeMary Lawson's debut novel is a shimmering tale of love death and redemption set in a rural northern community where time has stood still Tragic funny and unforgettable this deceptively simple masterpiece about the perils of hero worship leapt to the top of the bestseller lists only days after being released in Canada and earned glowing reviews in The New York Times and The Globe and Mail to name a few It will be published in than a dozen countries worldwide including the US the UK Germany Italy and BulgariaLuke Matt Kate and Bo Morrison are born in an Ontario farming community of only a few families so isolated that “the road led only south” There is little work marriage choices are few and the winter cold seeps into the bones of all who dare to live there In the Morrisons’ hard working Presbyterian house the Eleventh Commandment is “Thou Shalt Not Emote” But as descendants of a great grandmother who “fixed a book rest to her spinning wheel so that she could read while she was spinning” the Morrison children have some hope of getting off the land through the blessings of education Luke the eld. This was a simply told and captivating family drama with a northern Ontario setting I’ve never been there but the author’s observations of that area in Canada established such a powerful sense of place that the story came alive for me I grew up in the high plains of eastern Colorado Kent Haruf “territory” and there were parts of this novel that echo my own rural background – especially her description of life for farm familiesThe story details the struggles of four siblings who were orphaned when their parents are killed It’s told through the eyes of the adult sister Kate who was seven years old at the time of the deadly car accident She reflects on her childhood as she reluctantly prepares to return for a family gathering Her account slowly reveals details of the broken dreams and sacrifices that they all made in their efforts to keep the family together Nothing very dramatic happens yet it elegantly portrays events that affect most families – hopeful aspirations misunderstandings missed chances and sibling rivalryI have several brothers and sisters of my own so parts of this story provoked reflections of my own life I thoroughly enjoyed this finely crafted and bittersweet tale of survival and love of family