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Crow Lake
Crow Lake: A Novel | Mary Lawson
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 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 more than a dozen countries worldwide, including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy and Bulgaria. Luke, 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 eldest, 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 baby. In 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 Kates hero and her guide, as his passionate interest in the natural world sparks an equal passion in Kate. Matt, 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 the doctorate and university teaching position. She is never able to reconcile her success with what she considers the tragedy of Matts 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 Matts sons 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 forgive. In this universal drama of family love and misunderstandings, Lawson ratchets up the tension, her narrative flowing with consummate control in ever-increasing circles, overturning ones 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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Cathythoughts
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An incredibly beautiful book.

‘The last stretch of the journey from Toronto to Crow Lake always takes me by the throat. I know every tree, every rock, every boggy bit of marshland so well … as if they were my own bones ‘ 💔

Tamra I‘m glad you loved it! 👏🏾💜 She is now an auto buy for me.😄 2w
Megabooks Stacking this! 2w
Cathythoughts @Tamra Me too. I‘ve ordered all the ones she has written… up next is 2w
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Cathythoughts @Megabooks I think you will like this.. I look forward to your thoughts whenever you may get there 👍🏻❤️ 2w
BiblioLitten My friend recommended this recently saying it was one of favourites😊 1w
Cathythoughts @BiblioLitten I loved Town Called Solace very much. This is my second of hers … I‘ve ordered the other 2 as well ! She‘s very good 7d
Cathythoughts @BiblioLitten also looking forward to this one 7d
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Cathythoughts
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“ But of course that was the most significant year. It seems to me that more happened in that year than in all the other years of my childhood put together. “

I‘m loving this book. I love how this family hit by tragedy , continues, gets on with it. That love is seen as the core of us , is explored. The deep yearning for Crow Lake ..
The particular years , times of our growing up , that define us in our memory..

Tamra Ohhhh Mary Lawson! 💜 2w
Cathythoughts @Tamra I love her ❤️ 2w
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LibraryCin
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I really liked this. It was slow-moving, but I found even the biology bits interesting. There was tension in Kate‘s family, though she didn‘t understand much of it when she was a kid. And the neighbours had some drama going on at their place, as well. I actually read this over a decade ago, but only remembered siblings and a lake. I really didn‘t remember much at all, but it was chosen as a book club book, and I‘m really glad I reread it

Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m reading this at the moment 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
LibraryCin @Cathythoughts i hope youre enjoying it! 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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I really enjoyed Town Called Solace , so I‘ve just started this one .. the writing 👌🏻

“.. It‘s only for the last hour or so , when you fork off the main road, heading west, that the paving runs out and the forest closes in and you really feel you‘re going back in time “
AND so she was ❤️ 💔

sarahbarnes I still want to read A Town Called Solace. 1mo
Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes It‘s very good 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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TrishB
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Aww I loved this ♥️ beautifully written. Sad and poignant with a bit of a lesson in it. A lovely read.

Cathythoughts Oh lovely 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts I have it stacked already 👍🏻 2mo
squirrelbrain Ooh I might get to this one soon then…. Ha, who am I kidding?! 2mo
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BarbaraBB Tempting review! 2mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB I really enjoyed it 😁 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain eventually! 2mo
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TrishB
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Hairdresser reading 😁 day off.

erzascarletbookgasm Enjoy your day off! 💇‍♀️📖🍷 2mo
AmyG The best! Nobody bothers you. 2mo
Cupcake12 Enjoy x 2mo
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julesG Enjoy! I went yesterday. 2mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Are you reading my autobiography? 😉 2mo
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm @AmyG @Cupcake12 @julesG @BarbaraBB my hairs fab, I‘ve read a book - might have a nap 😁😁 a good day. 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds luxurious 👌🏻 2mo
AmyG Today…you are my hero. 🙌🏻 2mo
squirrelbrain I may have had a nap today too…..😁 2mo
eanderson Perfect day! Enjoy! 💕 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely day! 2mo
TrishB @AmyG I read 2 books today 😁😁 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I didn‘t have one in the end as I didn‘t want to waste reading time! 2mo
AmyG Two???? 🏆🏆🏆 2mo
TrishB @AmyG a good day 😁 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm If a strange BD package arrives within the next week or so, it‘s from me. Lol. Your 🎂 gift. 🤗 2mo
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm thank you Jessie 😘 I have nothing on order from BD so shall put it aside for my birthday. ❤️❤️ 2mo
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TrishB
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#kindledailydeal
Not read any of hers yet, but good deal!

Tamra I‘ve really enjoyed her books! I wish she were more prolific. 3mo
TrishB @Tamra I saw you were working your way through them and brought this because of your review! 3mo
Tamra @TrishB I hope you like it! It‘s an examination of the trials and tribulations of family life. 3mo
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JillR Really enjoyed this one! 3mo
TrishB @JillR cool 👍🏻 that‘s good to know. 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh no ! Not on sale here 🤔… I‘ll keep an eye on it though. Thanks Trish X 3mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts aw that‘s a shame - the U.K./Ireland offers are usually the same too. 3mo
Lindy I enjoyed Crow Lake much more than A Town Called Solace 3mo
TrishB @Lindy oh thats very interesting!! 3mo
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Tamra
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Lawson knows how to tell a story about families and the ties that bind, though not always comfortably or appropriately.

Definitely reading the rest of her backlist.

Tamra Just when I started to get sort of disgusted with the MC for being myopic, turns out that was the point. 4mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘m excited to read more of her 4mo
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Tamra
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I‘ll put on socks & sweatshirt for Happy Reading Hour, but pants would be too close to admitting summer might come to an end. 😬

Nute Girl, yes! Summertime most of the time!🌞 4mo
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Tamra
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💔 I can imagine this is true. The numbing shock of trauma.

Last night I ordered two more novels on Lawson‘s backlist.

kaleidoscope.wonder It is happening in Afghanistan now. 4mo
Palimpsest 😢 4mo
Tamra @brushstrokes.in.the.sky that‘s what I was thinking too. 4mo
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Lcsmcat This is the only Lawson I‘ve read. What else has she written that I should check out? 4mo
Tamra @Lcsmcat I read her most recent novel, A Town Called Solace. I ordered The Other Side of the Bridge, and Road Ends. 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good. I‘m looking forward to reading more of her too 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
mcctrish I think I have this somewhere on a shelf in my house 🤔 I can‘t remember if I read it ( A Town Called Solace is on my wish list) 4mo
Tamra @mcctrish I‘m really enjoying it! I hope you find it. 4mo
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Tamra
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Rec reading time! I picked this up today, but didn‘t find anything else which saved me a few $. Plus my husband was waiting outside, rather than browsing. He says, “I don‘t need any new books right now.” My response, “That is never the point.” 😉

Cathythoughts … Never the point 😂 4mo
Desha You never “need” new books....lol (at least I don‘t when I have over 300 hardcovers and 800 kindle books😁) but that IS never the point as you guys said! 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 4mo
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JillR
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Oh my, what a gem. A family tragedy, a sense of anxiety about what happens next, beautiful writing and well drawn characters; this was almost perfection, loved it. And now I‘ve found a new to me author, love that even more!

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 lovely review & picture 4mo
JillR @Cathythoughts thank you 😊. I think her latest is long listed for the Booker… 4mo
Tamra I had my eye on this in the Kindle store yesterday. 😊 I‘m going to read her most recent novel and then hopefully her backlist. I see they are well reviewed! 4mo
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Cathythoughts Oh it is !! Good heavens I just read it & loved it. Stacking your one now 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘m definitely going to read her latest one now I‘ve read this one, and given you loved it too :) 4mo
JillR @tamra hoping to read her latest before too long too :) 4mo
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charl08
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Reminded of another book!

charl08 Loved this one. 2y
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charl08
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Found this at a book sale today. Nice rural read in a beautifully rural location.

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TheBookKeepers Wow!! Excellent writing 💙. I‘m enticed!!!! 3y
Kaye Very good book , but I read it so long ago, I can‘t remember what it was about. 3y
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A_woman_on_a_bike
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My favourite coffee ☕️ (Illy dark roast) in my favourite, if slightly world worn, mug and my number 1 #desertislandbook #coffeecoffeecoffee 😊😊😊

asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 4y
tammysue Welcome to Litsy!! 👋🏻📚🌸 4y
A_woman_on_a_bike @asiriusreader @whatshesreadingnow Thank you Tammy & Caitlin 😊 4y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 🎊🎉📚 4y
Karkar Welcome to Litsy!!! 4y
Ingerella Welcome to Litsy!! 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 🖐😁 4y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 4y
A_woman_on_a_bike @Wife Thank you 😊 What a friendly bunch Littens are! 4y
Jess7 Welcome! 4y
ReadZenRites Hi! 👋🏻 Welcome!! ✨📚✨ 4y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Couldn't chase down any #waterfalls, so I'll stick with the rivers and lakes that I'm used to.

#augustgrrrl @Cinfhen

ChasingOm Nicely done! 😂 4y
britt_brooke Well done! 😆👏🏻 4y
Ms_T Bravo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Jas16 👏😂 4y
KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌 4y
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Lcsmcat
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Kate Morrison was a #workaholic for most of Crow Lake. #jubilantJuly @RealLifeReading

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planetshannon
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My May purchases that are still unread have been added to the​ #TBR Jar. Now...to find room on my shelf!

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The story is okay but by the end I got sick of the protagonist's hang-ups about her family and the distance between her and her brother. I understand that people grow apart, even in families, it happened to my brother and I, incidentally my parents passed away prematurely too, though not at the same time. I don't dwell on it and my husband has met my brother, I don't hide my family away because of guilt or any other foolish reason.

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ApoptyGina69
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Finally a day with no early morning commitments, minimal chores, and only one afternoon appointment. On the couch with book, blanket, and dog! Finished my coffee and toast. Finishing this book this morning so I can return it to @Crystalblu New Year's Day. Racing to the year-end goal!

Suzze When I see a book I know I read awhile ago, I feel compelled to go to Goodreads and see when I read it. I loved this book when I read it in 2002. I must have read an advance copy, as it came out in 2003. ❤❤ (edited) 5y
SharonGoforth Loved this book!! 5y
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TLFinn
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I picked up #crowlake on a whim while my students were reading silently. I couldn't put it down. My holiday reading now involves finding all that #marylawson has written. Absolutely beautiful.

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Crystalblu
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Sweet and sad all at once. Made me think about the perspective I take of others lives.

Crystalblu @ApoptyGina69 I'll give it to Jon on Saturday! 5y
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reneelyons
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Library book sale! Aside from the kid's book and Tales from the Crypt, everything is in perfect shape. Not too bad for $9!

Bry It's been almost a decade since I read Mister Pip so I forget most of the plot but I do remember really liking it and the connections to Great Expectations. Hopefully, you do too! 5y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders ❤️ Crow Lake ❤️ 5y
BookThia Loved Crow Lake AND Mr Pip. Great Haul! 5y
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Jessicav
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On the way home from the cottage, we stopped at the Great Books Cafe which is just such an amazing place. I picked up a couple of things (photos to come because I had to share a picture of this gem!) and it's always good to get out and stretch your legs by the river. This place is an old converted mill and is sort of perfect.

scripturient 😍😍😍 5y
Alisnazzy Holy mackeroley!! 😍😍😍😍 5y
britt_brooke Looks awesome! 5y
Tav Looks like heaven. 5y
Eyelit Awesome! 💜📚💜 5y
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Jhullie
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A lovely story that meandered along delivering just enough intrigue and humour to keep me interested. The plight of the family suddenly losing both parents and having to give up their goals and dreams kept me hoping for a miracle. There was no huge cloudburst of luck but there were small sprinkles.

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Jhullie
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Almost finished, I have loved every page 📖💕

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Jhullie
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I love it!

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Jhullie
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I am enjoying this more than I thought I would. Great writing and rounded, believable characters.

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Jhullie
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I've only just started and it's already captivated me.

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