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The Way the Crow Flies

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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

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In her highly anticipated new novel, Ann-Marie MacDonald takes us back to a postwar world. For Madeleine McCarthy, high-spirited and eight years old, her family's posting to a quiet air force base near the Canadian-American border 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 that will become clear only when the quest for the truth, and the killer, is renewed 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 humor 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:

“ By incorporating the epic history of the Cold War and the space race into an otherwise tightly focused story, MacDonald brings a tumultuous time palpably to life.”

About the Author

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a novelist and dramatist, and is also the author of the best-selling play Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet. Fall on Your Knees became a much-loved international bestseller when it was published in 1996; it has since been published in twenty-one countries. Winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book as well as numerous other literary awards, it spent over 52 weeks on national bestseller lists, became a selection of Oprah?s Book Club, and has sold over 300,000 copies in Canada and over a million copies in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060578954
Author:
MacDonald, Ann-Marie
Publisher:
Harper Torch
Author:
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Subject:
General
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.85 in 13.68 oz

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Product details 736 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060578954 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 , “ By incorporating the epic history of the Cold War and the space race into an otherwise tightly focused story, MacDonald brings a tumultuous time palpably to life.”
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