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ISBN13: 9780385337632
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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.

Review:

"Crow Lake is — in its structure, its major characters, and its affect — a quite traditional novel; and in its earnest resolution, it is perhaps a young one....But the assurance with which Mary Lawson handles both reflection and violence makes her a writer to read and to watch." Janet Burroway, The New York Times Book Review

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"Lawson achieves a breathless anticipatory quality in her surprisingly adept first novel, in which a child tells the story, but tells it very well indeed." Danise Hoover, Booklist

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"Lawson delivers a potent combination of powerful character writing and gorgeous description of the land. Her sense of pace and timing is impeccable throughout....This is a vibrant, resonant novel by a talented writer whose lyrical, evocative writing invites comparisons to Rick Bass and Richard Ford." Publishers Weekly

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"Elegant, beautifully paced, and deeply resonant of the fears of children too young to have a vocabulary to express such feelings, this is a terrific debut." Library Journal

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"Crow Lake is a remarkable novel, utterly gripping and yet highly literate. I read it in a single sitting, then I read it again, just for pleasure. I await her next work with eagerness (and a little envy)." Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

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"A finely crafted debut...conveys an astonishing intensity of emotion, almost Proustian in its sense of loss and regret." Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)

Synopsis:

For the farming Pye family of northern Ontario, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, and terrible events occur offstage. In this universal drama of family love and misunderstandings, Lawson ratchets up the tension with heartbreaking humor and consummate control.

About the Author

Mary Lawson was born and brought up in a farming community in Ontario. After graduating from McGill University she went to England for a holiday and stayed on; she lives there still, with her husband and sons, though she returns to Canada every year.

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redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by redrockbookworm)
Crow Lake is reminiscent of books like "A Northern Light" and "Atonement". We follow the story of the books narrator, Kate Morrison, from age 7 to age 29. The untimely accidental death of her parents finds Kate and her siblings, Matt and Luke (the two older brothers) and Bo (her 1 ½ year old sister) facing choices and challenging decisions that alters each of their lives forever.

Lawson utilizes her writing talent to capture not only the plight of Morrison family but to surround them with an assortment of friends, family and neighbors equiped with noble hearts and curious idiosyncrasies.

I did have a problem with the "adult Kate" who came across as self-absorbed and unforgiving. It seems that for all her knowledge and formal education she has never been able to grow out of her adolescent mental image of Matt and as a result is left with unresolved feelings of guilt and a self imposed emotional isolation.

Crow Lake serves as a warning to us all of the potentially destructive nature of hero-worship and challenges us to examine our definition of success and how we measure it.
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KendellM, June 8, 2007 (view all comments by KendellM)
At the moment Im reading this book for my huge culminating activity in english and it is just so awesome, there is so much emotion and confusion that draws you in and the relationships between the family members and their different roles seem to be in every family which makes it so real and so close to home considering I live near the setting of the book which is quite interesting I find. Kate is an amazing character and it's easy to relate to her which is always a bonus, all the other characters have key elements too that you are able to connect to as well. Crow Lake is an amazing book and I advise many people to read it.
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kewlsome21, May 29, 2007 (view all comments by kewlsome21)
We had to read Crow Lake for English this year, and all the other books we read were downright BORING. So I convinced myself that this book would be just as boring. But once I opened it and started reading, it was very hard to put down. I would walk down the halls of school (which is dangerous at my school because there are so many students) trying to find out what happened next. I loved how it jumped back and forth from the past to the present life of Kate. It was amazing. The storyline was so interesting. Once school is over and I have more time, I will definately read it again. Kate and Matt are my favorite characters. I would recommend this book to everyone. It's just so amazing. Mary Lawson is a great Canadian author and this book has certainly made a wonderful contribution to Canadian Literature.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385337632
Manufactured:
Delta
Publisher:
Dial Press
Author:
Lawson, Mary
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Problem families
Subject:
Rural families
Subject:
Women zoologists
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;canada;family;ontario;canadian;siblings;novel;orphans;contemporary fiction;coming of age;family relationships;contemporary;canadian fiction;relationships;farming;death;canadian literature;brothers and sisters;education;literary fiction;loss;childh
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Delta trade paperback ed.
Series:
Today's book club
Series Volume:
vol. 14, no. 8 (A)
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
Trade Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
8.36x5.52x.73 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 324 pages Dial Press - English 9780385337632 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Crow Lake is — in its structure, its major characters, and its affect — a quite traditional novel; and in its earnest resolution, it is perhaps a young one....But the assurance with which Mary Lawson handles both reflection and violence makes her a writer to read and to watch."
"Review" by , "Lawson achieves a breathless anticipatory quality in her surprisingly adept first novel, in which a child tells the story, but tells it very well indeed."
"Review" by , "Lawson delivers a potent combination of powerful character writing and gorgeous description of the land. Her sense of pace and timing is impeccable throughout....This is a vibrant, resonant novel by a talented writer whose lyrical, evocative writing invites comparisons to Rick Bass and Richard Ford."
"Review" by , "Elegant, beautifully paced, and deeply resonant of the fears of children too young to have a vocabulary to express such feelings, this is a terrific debut."
"Review" by , "Crow Lake is a remarkable novel, utterly gripping and yet highly literate. I read it in a single sitting, then I read it again, just for pleasure. I await her next work with eagerness (and a little envy)."
"Review" by , "A finely crafted debut...conveys an astonishing intensity of emotion, almost Proustian in its sense of loss and regret."
"Synopsis" by , For the farming Pye family of northern Ontario, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, and terrible events occur offstage. In this universal drama of family love and misunderstandings, Lawson ratchets up the tension with heartbreaking humor and consummate control.
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