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A Town Called Solace
A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
New York Times bestselling author Mary Lawson, acclaimed for digging into the "wilderness of the human heart", is back after almost a decade with a fresh and timely novel that is different in subject but just as emotional and atmospheric as her beloved earlier work. A Town Called Solace--the brilliant and emotionally radiant new novel from Mary Lawson, her first in nearly a decade--opens on a family in crisis: rebellious teenager Rose been missing for weeks with no word, and Rose's younger sister, the feisty and fierce Clara, keeps a daily vigil at the living-room window, hoping for her sibling's return. Enter thirtyish Liam Kane, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small northern town, where he promptly moves into the house next door--watched suspiciously by astonished and dismayed Clara, whose elderly friend, Mrs. Orchard, owns that home. Around the time of Rose's disappearance, Mrs. Orchard was sent for a short stay in hospital, and Clara promised to keep an eye on the house and its remaining occupant, Mrs. Orchard's cat, Moses. As the novel unfolds, so does the mystery of what has transpired between Mrs Orchard and the newly arrived stranger. Told through three distinct, compelling points of view--Clara's, Mrs. Orchard's, and Liam Kane's--the novel cuts back and forth among these unforgettable characters to uncover the layers of grief, remorse, and love that connect families, both the ones we're born into and the ones we choose. A Town Called Solace is a masterful, suspenseful and deeply humane novel by one of our great storytellers.
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janeycanuck
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A quiet book I enjoyed more than I expected. The overlapping POVs was a compelling way of telling the story, and the way the past was unveiled worked very well.

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andrew61
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The joy of challenges is picking up books you wd not have read to find an author you will like again , so with
#setinacanadianprovince #booked2022
The story by 3 narrators, a man recently split from his partner who moves to a house he inherits in a small ontario town, an 8 yr old girl whose sister is missing, + an elderly lady in a care home. Great storytelling + characters, + a gradual reveal
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked this but now I REALLY want to read it!! Great review 🤩 3mo
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Solace, 1972. Sixteen year old Rose runs away from home. The entire town is looking for her. Clara, her younger sister, visibly distraught, spends her entire day standing at the window, hoping that Rose would someday be back. Meanwhile, Liam, while going through a divorce, moves to Solace in an apartment he has inherited....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....The apartment used to belong to Elizabeth, who has recently passed away and a few days before her death, wrote a will stating that the house and all her possessions should be inherited by Liam. The apartment is the neighbouring apartment to Clara's.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....Clara is initially suspicious that Liam is an intruder. But, her suspicions are kept at bay once the two of them strike a conversation. But, how and why Liam fits into this is something I'll let the reader discover for themselves.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....The book begins with a sequence of unpacking of cardboard boxes. Now this in a visually succinct manner tells us what the novel is all about. Under the guise of a "missing person mystery", we get a novel about unpacking, both literal and existential..... 4mo
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nathandrake1997 .....While the story on the surface is about the disappearance of Rose, the book ultimately is about unearthing the various layers of existence in an otherwise sleepy town disturbed by an untoward incident. We learn as much about the characters inhabiting the town as much as we learn about the town itself..... 4mo
nathandrake1997 .....The title "A TOWN CALLED SOLACE" makes a lot more sense in retrospect, because this is after all a town where solace exists only in name. The town itself is as unremarkable as an everyday town can get. A cafe, a bunch of houses, basically a town without the hustle and bustle of one.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....But does the lack of hustle and bustle mean the town is immune from hearsay? Well, in the case of Rose's disappearance, not really. On the contrary, maybe in an instance like this, one might wish that the town was a lot more busier. For the hearsay to die down amidst the clutter.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....Anne Tyler has been quoted in the cover of the book and honestly, there are similarities between Lawson and Tyler's prose. Just like Tyler's work being predominantly set in Baltimore and the book ultimately being as much about Baltimore as the people inhabiting Baltimore, Lawson's book is as much about Solace as it is about the people inhabiting Solace. 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....Solace in some ways feels more of a flesh and blood character than the people inhabiting it. Now, this is not a flaw, on the contrary this weaves new shades into the already rich tapestry of Lawson's prose.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....In a mere 288 pages, Lawson gives us a mystery, a snapshot of life in a sleepy town, the gossamer-esque nature of human relationships and existential musings.... especially coming from the perspective of a person counting their last days.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....The book is narrated from three perspectives. The first perspective is that of Clara, Rose's younger sister. The second perspective is that of Liam, a recently divorced accountant who has inherited the house of Elizabeth. The third perspective is of Elizabeth.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....Clara is keeping vigilant watch for Rose while also taking care of Elizabeth's cat. Liam is moving into Elizabeth's house while arousing suspicion in Clara's mind. Meanwhile, during the "Elizabeth" chapters, we follow Elizabeth leading her final days in the hospital and how she is especially reflecting on a crime she committed thirty years ago.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....While Clara and Liam's chapters are narrated in third person, Elizabeth's chapters are narrated in first person. It is a gossamer of a narrative that weaves a thread so delicate yet layered that one is bowled over by the exquisite artistry at display. 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....Lawson writes in a manner that is both understated and evocative. She uses subtlety to delicately place each strand of the ever increasing gossamer in a manner that one would place small chips to form a larger mosaic. She does so by intentionally keeping the reader at emotional distance until pivotal moments. This again is not a flaw.... 4mo
nathandrake1997 ....On the contrary, this emotional distance enhances the fly-on-the-wall perspective that the reader is viewing these events through. 4mo
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Singout
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Excellent: three perspectives on a tragic but ultimately loving story set in Northern Ontario. All three characters: an dying old woman, a little girl looking after her neighbour‘s cat while waiting for her runaway sister to come home, and a young man who is just arrived from southern Ontario, are vividly portrayed. Again, a great audiobook because you can hear the different voices. Thanks to @Amiable for this #NYWD rec.
#Booked2022 #Sisters

Amiable I‘ve since read all of Mary Lawson‘s backlist —all of her books are stellar! Would definitely recommend the others as well. 4mo
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VRM1975
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Loved it

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This really is a beautiful book. Although it isn‘t big on plot, I was very interested to see what would become of each of the well-developed characters. Liam, a 30-something man, arrives back in Solace and meets Clara, a young girl going through something big and they form a bond. An episode from Liam‘s past is slowly revealed by Mrs. Orchard, a neighbor he had a special bond with as a child. I teared up multiple times throughout this quiet novel.

BarbaraBB I still need to read this one too. 7mo
Cinfhen It‘s on my TBR too @BarbaraBB Glad to hear it‘s a winner 🌸 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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Moll
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This was great; so poignant and contained and hard-hitting and human and just GOOD

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Oryx
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I very much enjoyed this one. Love a good small town story.

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts I enjoyed this too 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
squirrelbrain Me three! 😁 7mo
Tamra And a fourth! 7mo
Caroline2 Oh I need to get to this one. I have so many books just languishing on my kindle. 😬 7mo
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Moll
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. A Town Called Solace & Black and British
2. Crying In H Mart (it's more orange but I'm counting it)
3. I'm terrible at keeping on top of new releases but I'll be looking through this hashtag for some!

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Moll
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It's not a Wednesday but it is the Easter Bank Holiday weekend so here I am anyway😂

1. Not really but I do love a chocolate egg!
2. NO! I don't think I've read a single book so far, just started some and not finished them😭 BUT I'm on a mission this long weekend and I'm determined to finish at least 2 books
3. Having my parents place to escape to in the countryside - prime reading spot

Happy Easter everyone!

@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Eggs #3 how nice!! Hope you get some relaxing reading 7mo
Moll @Eggs Thank you! Spent loads of time reading today in the sunshine and it's been looovely😊 7mo
Eggs @Moll Good for you 📖🌞🧡 7mo
Moll @Eggs 😁😊😊 7mo
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Moll
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I'm very late to the party with this one but I've gotten out of my reading rhythm in recent weeks and I'm keen to get going again!

By Sunday 17th, I want to have finished 2 books!😁

#AwesomeApril @Andrew65

Andrew65 Welcome at any time, good luck 😊👍 7mo
Moll @Andrew65 Thank you!😊😊 7mo
Moll So she did not finish 2 books bc she was busier than anticipated, but she did read 1 really good one! 7mo
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Moll
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#Welcometolitsy @HubBen ! Everyone please say hello!!😊

#litsywelcomewagon

TrishB Hi 👋 7mo
Moll @TrishB 😁😁 7mo
JessClark78 Welcome to Litsy! @HubBen 🙂📚 7mo
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Moll @JessClark78 😊❤❤ 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳📚 @HubBen ! 7mo
Moll @Eggs 👏👏🙌 7mo
HubBen Hey everyone 👋 7mo
Moll @HubBen 😁🙌🙌 7mo
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Moll
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I'm going to stay with my parents for the long bank holiday weekend and was a complete doughnut in forgetting to bring anything to read!

This did mean I had an excuse to go book shopping earlier though😁

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Addison_Reads
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This is a quiet little novel set in a small town that focuses on our interactions with the people around us, or more specifically our neighbors.

It's told from several different POVs, which helped to bring depth to the story. There's a missing girl, a man struggling with his past, and a young girl who no one really seems to understand except her older neighbor.

I enjoyed it even though it's not my typical read.

Singout On my #NYWD list from @Amiable! 8mo
Amiable I've read two more books by Mary Lawson this year that will likely be on my NYWD list for 2023! :) 8mo
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JillR
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I do love stories like this; a small cast of characters in a small town, all with a dramatic event hovering over them, their lives intertwining. It‘s a quiet story despite the drama in the background and I think I‘d had a good book cry by page 11. This put me in mind of Anne Tyler, and I do love Anne Tyler. Also, the cover 💙

CarolynM Looking forward to this one. 8mo
TrishB I loved this one too ❤️ 8mo
JillR @trishb I‘ve loved both of hers that I‘ve read (this and Crow Lake) 8mo
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kwmg40
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Lawson's writing reminds me of Alice Munro's, though it's a little darker and more suspenseful. She explores small-town life in Northern Ontario in the same way that Munro did for Southern Ontario. I became so engrossed in the lives of her characters!

Only 8.5 hours finished for the #20in4 readathon so far, but there's still a bit of time left! @Andrew65

jlhammar I so enjoyed this one. I look forward to reading her backlist. 8mo
kwmg40 @jhammar Crow Lake is the only other Lawson I've read, but I loved that one too. 8mo
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DrLReads
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A slow-burn, character-driven book. My first Lawson, but definitely not my last.

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Cazxxx
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A quick and easy to read novel set in a small town. Unfortunately I found the story and characters flat and boring. Only just a so so as I did finish it but ultimately a forgettable book for me

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TrishB
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Quiet, thoughtful and sad novel. Though I did enjoy it.
#setinacanadianprovince #booked2022

Tamra I loved it! Then I read everything else by Lawson. 😆 10mo
TrishB @Tamra I‘ve been making my way through them due to your reviews ♥️ 10mo
Cinfhen I picked up this book based on a different review of yours for the same prompt 10mo
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Cinfhen I own this book so now I have another option 😌 10mo
Tamra @TrishB 💜 sometimes an author just grabs you and there isn‘t an easy way to explain it. 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen there is a bit more of a story in Crow Lake than this one. 10mo
TrishB @Tamra definitely not- just go with it! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage New author to me … glad to see all the positive reviews! Thanks! 10mo
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Deblovestoread
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Another 2fer for September. These were definitely close to making my top 21 but got edged out.

Andrew65 Great choices 11mo
Cathythoughts Two good ones ❤️❤️ 11mo
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jlhammar
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#12Booksof2021 This Booker longlisted title was the highlight of my August reading. Gentle, small-town, domestic story. Simple, elegant writing. Flawed, yet lovable characters. My first Mary Lawson, but definitely not my last.

Cathythoughts I loved this one ❤️ 11mo
Graywacke I really enjoyed this too. 11mo
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Graywacke
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This is a nice novel. It‘s clean, embracing a 1970‘s Northern Ontario isolated from the outside world, but not isolated enough. Lawson is maybe looking for peace and restoration without denying reality…but she is still holding reality away at arm‘s length.

I‘m not sure it belongs on the 2021 Booker longlist, but I enjoyed, snapped through it, really.

Amiable I read this a few months ago and really enjoyed it, too. 11mo
Tamra I‘m glad you enjoyed it and I hope you try another! 11mo
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Graywacke
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Still working through the Booker longlist and picked this up yesterday, trying to jog myself into a better reading place. It‘s seemed to work. Reads simple, but I‘m enjoying it and it‘s peek into 1972 small town Ontario.

batsy 🐶😍 11mo
Tamra I fell in love with Lawson and have read everything! 👍🏾 11mo
CoffeeNBooks Awww... sweet pup! 11mo
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Suet624 That‘s quite the goal! 11mo
Graywacke @batsy @CoffeeNBooks Pepper is flattered, and now patrolling the front for delivery people to scare away. 11mo
Graywacke @Tamra my first Lawson. Some readers have said her other books are better than this. What do you think? (edited) 11mo
Graywacke @Suet624 it‘s my 3rd years trying to read the list - except that I mostly use audio. This year I convinced myself to read the shortest six. (2019 was fantastic, 2020 long and dull, 2021 so far … ok. Not enough of author-having-fun stuff.) 11mo
Suet624 Yeah, I feel like a lot of authors that I‘ve read this year are struggling. Not much joy in Mudville. 11mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one 👍🏻 11mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts I‘m enjoying. I might just finish today (if my body lets me after getting my booster yesterday evening) 11mo
Cathythoughts Oooh that booster really hit my son hard too … rest up & take it easy X 11mo
Graywacke @Suet624 i wonder on mudville. Part of me thinks that it takes a while before an author can manage fun and good meaningful writing. Whereas the Booker team may feel some pressure to make discoveries, and avoid promoting already big sellers, hence favoring authors who haven‘t figured that out yet. Or maybe it‘s just covid… 11mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts thanks. 🤒 11mo
Tamra @Graywacke I enjoyed them all, but I loved this one. The setting and characters were rich and really engaging for me. 11mo
Graywacke @Tamra thank you. Noting! 11mo
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danieldalegabriel
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Quick and easy read book. Told in 3 different narratives. The characters are just flat and dull. I don't think this book is worth to be on Booker nomination list. I've read better written books before this.

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Kimbono
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Oh, how I loved this book! 🥰

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rachaich
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Brilliant book, I liked the characters very much and became keen to hear more.

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rachaich
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The library app has all the Booker 2021 shortlisted titles and I've just got this one.
Told from different perspectives, it's a slow start but seems to trundle along.

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NovelNancyM
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A quick, sweet easy read. Written similar to the style of Anne Tyler, I could envision the plot, setting and characters as if it were a movie. Told from three different points of view, the plot shifts in time and provides interesting perspective about similar events. The three narrators are inextricably woven together and though the premise is that all three are experiencing duress, there is hope in connection.

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Booker Longlist 4
Not a typical Booker, but it drew me in quickly. A 15 year old runs away from small town Ontario in 1970s. Three narrators tell their stories: the younger sister, a stranger and an elderly neighbour. I dreaded the end - scared to know what had happened to Rose.
This raised questions about motherhood for me - what is a good mother? And who has the right to judge? It also highlighted a child‘s need for love and trust.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I liked this one 1y
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Simona
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A story about growing up, dying, family, regrets ... in short, a story about life and correcting mistakes. Readable, gentle, simple and, unfortunately, unremarkable. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #BookerPrize2021

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shawnmooney
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I read 100 pages, and while I was impressed at the beginning by the emotionally complex preteen narrator, I have decided to stop because little else is working. The adult characters are dull and poorly drawn, while the story achieves that most pathetic of hat tricks: humdrum, far-fetched, and ponderous.

Brimful Harsh but fair. Not something I would usually read but I finished it. Fluffy. 1y
Cinfhen Uh oh, I was looking forward to this one 😬🙄 1y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Me too but @Simona ‘s review made me hesitate as well 1y
Cinfhen Yikes @BarbaraBB I trust Shawn and @Simona 💕💕💕 1y
Lindy I was shocked when I saw this made the Booker list. I thought it was okay (3 1/2 stars) but not great. 1y
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Deblovestoread
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#BookReport: Project Hail Mary was so entertaining! Maybe a tad long but I loved it on audio 4.5🌟 Captain Wentworth‘s is Grange‘s best retelling 4🌟 Loved A Town Called Solace . It fit perfectly into my current small town slice of life reading. 5🌟

#WeeklyForecast: Decided to tackle The Only Plane now to honor 9/11 anniversary and for #Booked. It‘s a chunkster and hard to put down. 💜 & 🫒 will provide relief when it gets too heavy. ⬇️

Deblovestoread ⬆️ caught up on Jane Eyre buddy read last night but still behind on the other two. Hopefully caught up by next week. 1y
Cinfhen Ohhhh, I really want to read this one…I LOVE slice of life/ small town stories 1y
Cinfhen Also Only Plane was SO SAD but so powerful 1y
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Jas16
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Reasons I love Litsy…. I am not sure I ever would have picked up this book without having read some wonderful reviews here. This was a read in one sitting book for me. Three characters with inspecting stories who are at pivotal times of different life stages are in the type of small town where everyone knows everything about everyone else. I tend to be wary of Booker nominated books to be honest but I really enjoyed this one.

JamieArc I can‘t wait to get to this one soon. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds like the town I‘m from 😜 1y
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one too 👍🏻❤️ 1y
charl08 Still thinking of it weeks later. Loved it! 😍 1y
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AnneCecilie
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In the small town Solace, a 16 year girl is missing. We follow her younger sister, the old neighbour and the just moved in neighbour. I loved the different voices and the story

I‘m so happy this made it to the Booker Longlist, because I wouldn‘t have heard of either the book or the author otherwise

#BookerLonglist2021

JamieArc I can‘t wait to get to this one! 1y
StellaB I also really enjoyed this 1y
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kathedron
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Of the Booker Prize titles I've read so far, this is the one I've most enjoyed. Goodness knows what it's doing on the list, though! It's a straightforward, good honest story written with compassion for it's characters: troubled 7 year old Clara, her elderly neighbour Mrs Orchard, and newly-divorced Liam. The sort of book that does a heart good. (That said I'd have skipped the formulaic romance: let's just leave after the ice-cream next time, yes?)

sarahbarnes I‘ve been trying to get this one from the library. Thanks for your review - it does sound like a strange book to have on the list. 1y
Cathythoughts Great review Kate! I loved this book 😍 1y
Tamra This sent me to get everything I could by her! 1y
squirrelbrain My thoughts entirely Kate! I loved it too but no idea how it got onto the list… I know that the judges were going for ‘storytelling‘ this year but I still can‘t figure out why this and not so many other books. 1y
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I liked this more than I was expecting! When a book is nominated for the Booker I always end up with strange expectations, like I‘m looking on every page for the reason it was worth nominated for a prize. Once I let go of that I liked this. I often don‘t like books with multiple intersecting narrators but I always liked the writing here, and the description was emotional without being heavy handed. A simple story well-told

Tamra This was my intro to Lawson and I plan to read everything available. 👍🏾 1y
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KatieB
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A book with a child narrator had a low chance of being a pick from me anyway so maybe this isn‘t a fair review. But the cliched lonely librarian and successful/nasty ex-wife meant this was definitely a pan. I‘m surprised that this was on the #bookerlonglist. I‘m not having much luck with those books so far this year but I‘ll persist!

Tamra I‘m not big on child narrators either, but I ended up liking it. I had to roll my eyes at the romance bit and ignore it because that‘s not my thing either. 😜 I don‘t know why those tropes are so popular. Nonetheless I‘m on a Lawson backlist roll! 1y
SamAnne I can‘t do child narrators as a rule. 1y
KatieB @tamra I know others have liked this too so I think it‘s almost certainly just my personal preferences. @samanne I‘m glad I‘m not alone. I wonder what it is that makes that so unlikeable? 1y
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I enjoyed this, it‘s a well-told, empathetic story of three characters whose lives intertwine at crucial moments. Because it is nominated for the Booker I had high expectations, eg of depth and perhaps more complexity, which led to being a little disappointed. I almost wish I had not known about the nomination, this is a good if relatively straight forward book.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed too 👍🏻❤️ 1y
BookwormM I really enjoyed this but like you feel it is too light weight for Booker 1y
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Let‘s set aside the fact that this is not going to win the Booker. I thought It was a LOVELY read. I‘d describe it as perfectly undemanding of its reader. It has some fairly well-worn ingredients- a small town setting where everyone knows everyone, but which has recently been shaken by crisis, multigenerational narrative voices, each protagonist flawed and struggling in isolation to grapple with the ills of the world around them.

BarbaraBB Great review. Stacked! 1y
Cathythoughts Lovely review.. I really enjoyed this one 1y
BookwormM Completely agree 1y
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ClairesReads @BarbaraBB thanks! Hope you enjoy it too! 1y
ClairesReads @Cathythoughts thank you 🙏🏻 I thought it was a lovely read 1y
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BookwormM
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#BookerLonglist2021 Book 8

A slow paced character study told by 3 interconnected characters living in small town Canada.

Beautiful descriptions of small town living and a great cast of colourful characters even the secondary characters were full of life.

I really enjoyed this but feel it is a bit lightweight for Booker

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This whole slow burning book made my heart hurt. I really loved it. Three POVs: young Clara whose sister has run away, her senior citizen next door neighbour, Elizabeth, and Liam, who moves into Elizabeth‘s house. Each voice was very well done.

Cathythoughts It‘s very good ! I loved it too 1y
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TrishB
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#99ponkindle
Got this one this morning 😁

Caroline2 Yay!!! 😀 thanks for the heads up! I‘m on it…..! 🏃🏻‍♀️ 1y
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s a great bargain 🎉… look forward to your thoughts 1y
Tamra Lucky find! 1y
BookwormM I am nearly finished this really enjoying it Clara is such a lovely character 1y
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Tamra
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I liked this one. I wouldn‘t say it‘s a WOW, but I really did think the pacing was quite good. It kept me advancing the pages to find out what happened.

I‘m definitely interested in Lawson‘s backlist now. Halfway thru I called our Indie and their only copy of Crow Lake had sold the day before. 😜

Tamra Woot - I called the shop and low & behold a used copy of Crow Lake came in! 👏🏾 1y
JamieArc I just received this book today! Looking forward to it. I do like an understated story. 1y
Tamra @JamieArc Enjoy! 😄 1y
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Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️I agree it‘s not a wow .. but I really enjoyed it & will read more of her too 1y
AnneCecilie This is next for me and now I can‘t wait to get started 1y
Tamra @AnneCecilie yay! I‘ll keep any eye out for your review. 😊 1y
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A look at life in a small Canadian town, from three different POVs. Clara, a young girl whose older sister has gone missing, Mrs Orchard who lived next door to Clara but is now in hospital and Liam, who has moved in to Mrs Orchard‘s house.

I found this rather a sad book, but still really liked it. However I can‘t see how it made the #bookerlonglist. I know the judges went for ‘storytelling‘ rather than ‘groundbreaking‘ this year, but ⬇️

squirrelbrain …it still didn‘t seem ‘different‘ enough. I can see it on other award lists (Women‘s Prize maybe 🤔) but just not the Booker. 1y
TrishB Great review! You got some good reading in 😁 1y
BookwormM This is my next Booker to tackle 👍 1y
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emmaturi Also read this on and finished today. I liked it but don't think it will make the shortlist 1y
squirrelbrain I don‘t think it will either @emmaturi - there are so many other similar novels out there I‘m just not sure why this one was chosen. 1y
squirrelbrain Looking forward to your thoughts @BookwormM 1y
Caroline2 I‘m not sure why but I really love this front cover! 😆 1y
squirrelbrain So do I @Caroline2 - I think it‘s the colours for me. I think you‘d really like the book too…. 1y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain stacked! 😉 👍 1y
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Tamra
A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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Started this one and it‘s captured my attention with fabulous writing! 😊

emmaturi I finished it today, I very much enjoyed it. But I don't see it winning the Booker Prize 1y
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charl08
A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
Pickpick

Wonderful read. And such a weepy! I'll be rooting for this one to make the #Booker shortlist.

Cathythoughts I loved it too 👍🏻❤️ 1y
charl08 @Cathythoughts just ordered two of her other books... 📚 1y
Cathythoughts @charl08 Good idea !! I‘m thinking along those lines too 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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charl08
A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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....increasingly, his life prior to coming north seemed to be taking on the quality of an old movie, one in which he'd been deeply engrossed while watching it but which now seemed trivial, unconvincing and profoundly lack ing in either colour or plot. Solace had colour and plot in spades, maybe too much. In every way it was coming to seem more real than Toronto, with its end less malls and traffic jams and high-powered jobs.

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emmaturi
A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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These are my latest library haul. I still have a number of books on the go, so once some of them are finished will start the tagged book.

Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts on tagged one ! I‘ve just finished it & am a fan 👍🏻❤️ 1y
emmaturi Well now probably next week will start it, my reading is rather slow at the moment @Cathythoughts 1y
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Cathythoughts
A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book , set in a fictional town in Northern Ontario .. there is such a feeling of home. It‘s slow paced & gentle & real

…‘Liam nodded, thinking how easy this guy made life look , even when , as now , he was carrying a serious weight of worry and responsibility. How he seemed to know his place in the world and to be in all senses at home with it “

Beautiful characters who‘s stories intertwine in deeper levels of meaning …

TrishB Keeping my eye out for an offer 👍🏻 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I imagine you will like it Trish 🤞🏻 1y
EvieBee Great review! 💕 1y
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Cathythoughts @EvieBee Thanks 👍🏻❤️ 1y
AnneCecilie This is has been in my radar since the Booker Longlist was announced. I will be looking for this 1y
Cathythoughts @AnneCecilie It‘s lovely I think. Look forward to your review 👍🏻❤️ 1y
LeahBergen What a lovely review! 😘 1y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 😘 it‘s fun too trying to read a few on the list … so far , so good 1y
squirrelbrain This has just arrived for me on Libby - I think it‘s the one I‘m most looking forward to. 1y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain oh good .. can‘t wait to hear what you think X 1y
MicheleinPhilly Kindle offer in US right now. 👍🏼 1y
Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly It‘s great when you get the offers 👏🏻😁 1y
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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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We looked at each other in silence, he in his well cut- suit , me in my pyjamas, while between us on the bed , dressed in a white cotton nightie with little daises around the collar and with a fragment of cornflake on her lower lip, lay a soul in mortal terror.

KatieB Well that‘s intriguing!!! 1y
Cathythoughts @KatieB I just finished this one ! It‘s so good ❤️ 1y
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