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Awards

Shortlisted for the 2003 Giller Prize

Staff Pick

Ann-Marie MacDonald writes beautifully; her words wrap around you and envelop you. The Way the Crow Flies is engaging and evocative. She captures the pure joy and pain of childhood better than anyone since Margaret Atwood. That would be enough but then she adds in a murder and the Cold War. Please pick it up — you will not be disappointed.
Recommended by Beth, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

From the acclaimed author of Fall on Your Knees — a bestseller in Canada and around the world — a mesmerizing novel, breathtaking in its storytelling power.

In her hugely anticipated new novel, Ann-Marie MacDonald takes us back to a post-war world. For Madeleine McCarthy, high-spirited and eight years old, her family’s posting to a quiet air force base in Ontario is at first welcome, secure as she is in the love of her family, and unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in his own web of secrets. The early sixties, a time of optimism infused with the excitement of the space race and overshadowed by the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through the rich imagination of a child as Madeleine draws us into her world.

But the base is host to some intriguing inhabitants, including the unconventional Froehlich family, and the odd Mr. March whose power over the children is a secret burden that they carry. Then tragedy strikes, and a very local murder intersects with global forces, binding the participants for life. As the tension in the McCarthys’ household builds, Jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine learns about the ambiguity of human morality — a lesson she will only begin to understand when she carries her quest for the truth, and the killer, into adulthood twenty years later.

The Way the Crow Flies is a novel that is as compelling as it is rich. With her unerring eye for the whimsical, the absurd and the quintessentially human, Ann-Marie MacDonald stunningly evokes the pain, confusion, and humour of childhood in a perilous adult world. At once a loving portrayal and indictment of an era, The Way the Crow Flies is a work of great heart and soaring intelligence.

Review:

"[A] powerful story, delicately layered with complex secrets, told with a masterful command of narrative and a strong moral message." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[P]erhaps MacDonald's most impressive accomplishment is her uncanny ability... to vividly re-create the wonder, humor, and fears of childhood." Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist

Review:

"The prime contender for book of the fall. [T]his is an engaging and ingeniously plotted portrait of a 'perfect' 1960s Canadian family coming to terms with all its imperfections." Quill & Quire

Review:

"[A] richly involving novel. MacDonald... makes Jack and Mimi ring true emotionally, without chichi." The Bookseller

Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of Fall on Your Knees — a New York Times bestseller and Oprah pick — comes a mesmerizing look "at childhood, marriage, families, the 1960s, the Cold War, and the fear and isolation that are part of the human condition" (Patrick Anderson, Washington Post Book World).

Synopsis:

The optimism of the early sixties, infused with the excitement of the space race and the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through the rich imagination of high-spirited, eight-year-old Madeleine, who welcomes her family's posting to a quiet Air Force base near the Canadian border. Secure in the love of her beautiful mother, she is unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in a web of secrets. When a very local murder intersects with global forces, Jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine will be forced to learn a lesson about the ambiguity ofhuman morality — one she will only begin to understand when she carries herquest for the truth, and the killer, into adulthood twenty years later.

About the Author

Novelist and dramatist Ann-Marie MacDonald is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning novel Fall on Your Knees. She is also the playwright of Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, which won the Governor General's Award for Drama. She lives in Toronto.

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Cathy, September 26, 2006 (view all comments by Cathy)
Anne Marie McDonald has written a compelling coming of age novel , a mystery novel and a family's experience of the Cold War era, all wrapped into one. She accurately captures the sounds, smells, and memories of a childhood lived in the early 60's. Her spare descriptions of a teacher's betrayal eloquently captures the child's eye view of the incomprehensilbe adult world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060586379
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
MacDonald, Ann-Marie
Author:
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Military bases
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Families of military personnel
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Series Volume:
77/04
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
848
Dimensions:
5.5 x 6 in 7.68 oz

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Product details 848 pages Perennial - English 9780060586379 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Ann-Marie MacDonald writes beautifully; her words wrap around you and envelop you. The Way the Crow Flies is engaging and evocative. She captures the pure joy and pain of childhood better than anyone since Margaret Atwood. That would be enough but then she adds in a murder and the Cold War. Please pick it up — you will not be disappointed.

"Review" by , "[A] powerful story, delicately layered with complex secrets, told with a masterful command of narrative and a strong moral message."
"Review" by , "[P]erhaps MacDonald's most impressive accomplishment is her uncanny ability... to vividly re-create the wonder, humor, and fears of childhood."
"Review" by , "The prime contender for book of the fall. [T]his is an engaging and ingeniously plotted portrait of a 'perfect' 1960s Canadian family coming to terms with all its imperfections."
"Review" by , "[A] richly involving novel. MacDonald... makes Jack and Mimi ring true emotionally, without chichi."
"Synopsis" by , From the acclaimed author of Fall on Your Knees — a New York Times bestseller and Oprah pick — comes a mesmerizing look "at childhood, marriage, families, the 1960s, the Cold War, and the fear and isolation that are part of the human condition" (Patrick Anderson, Washington Post Book World).
"Synopsis" by , The optimism of the early sixties, infused with the excitement of the space race and the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through the rich imagination of high-spirited, eight-year-old Madeleine, who welcomes her family's posting to a quiet Air Force base near the Canadian border. Secure in the love of her beautiful mother, she is unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in a web of secrets. When a very local murder intersects with global forces, Jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine will be forced to learn a lesson about the ambiguity ofhuman morality — one she will only begin to understand when she carries herquest for the truth, and the killer, into adulthood twenty years later.
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