Crow Lake

by Mary Lawson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by rhelala of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on 9/7/2005
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by rhelala from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, September 7, 2005


Released 16 yrs ago (9/14/2005 UTC) at Turks on the Drive, 1276 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada



Journal Entry 4 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Wednesday, December 21, 2005
i caught this book at turk's coffee shop. its a beautiful and engrossing book. the ending is a tad predictable and disappointing after all the slow-burning suspense, but its message is important. as someone who grew up in northern ontario, where the book is set, i deeply appreciated the vivid and compelling rendering of the landscape and community. i really enjoyed crow lake. i'll either put it back at turks or pass it on to a friend.


Journal Entry 5 by whatthehella from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Monday, January 2, 2006
loved this book. loved the vivid depiction of the landscape, the emotions, the characters, the community. i am from northwestern ontario and it had me steeped in sense memories of home. passed it on to a friend, who read it in one night and loved it as much as i did. and then we took it back to turks, on the drive.

Journal Entry 6 by loveamystery from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, January 22, 2006
Picked this up at Turks on the Drive when I was dropping some of my own books off. Looking forward to reading it.

Amazon Editorial Review:
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.

Journal Entry 7 by loveamystery from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, April 17, 2010
This was a wonderful story. It is so beautifully written and I highly recommend it.

Journal Entry 8 by loveamystery at Romana Pizza & Steakhouse Ltd. in Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on Friday, December 17, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (12/16/2010 UTC) at Romana Pizza & Steakhouse Ltd. in Burnaby, British Columbia Canada


Released at the meet-up. Enjoy!

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