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characters ´ Crow Lake 109 î 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 earnMary 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 than a dozen countries worldwide including the US the UK Germany Italy and BulgariaLuke 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 eld. ' just one dropped stitch in a family tapestry full of holes'This is a story of strong familial bonds forged early in life then eroding from deep seated resentments guilt and an ingrained reluctance to speak the truth and set things straight Smiling on the outside hurting on the inside even simple eye contact too uncomfortable to maintain This author has a knack for writing characters so vivid that you would recognize any one of them if he or she came knocking at your front door Luke Matt Katie and Bo Morrison orphaned early in the novel are struggling to make a life without their parents I can still almost hear baby Bo clanging those pots and pans playing on the floor while big brother Matt tries to study at the kitchen table You will make the acuaintance of their neighbors the tragic Pye family with their messy lives and mean secrets I cannot say enough about the author's skill with character development Major and minor players alike are fashioned with care and I reference old Miss Vernon she of the rattling teeth and long whiskery jaw 100 years old and a most extraordinary storyteller Small uiet and unassuming this story will stay with me for a bit Excellent

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Est 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 babyIn 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 Kate’s hero and her guide as his passionate interest in the natural world sparks an eual passion in KateMatt 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. I feel like I’ve just been hit by a truck—this book blindsided me and despite the impact I adore it This may be because it ticks so many of my personal boxes but I’ve been wandering the house since I finished it ploughing my way through laundry dinner dishes trying desperately to find my footing again while I’m processingWithin the first few pages of the book Katherine’s parents are killed in a car accident sending the four children on a confusing agonizing struggle to put their lives back together again Katherine is only seven years old—I was 34 when it happened to me and my life was blown apart and has never fully recovered “You make it sound like it was centuries ago” Daniel said “If you parents died when you were seven it’s barely twenty years”“It feels like centuries” I said Lawson nails it with that tiny bit of dialog Although it’s been 18 years since my parents’ car accident some days it feels like yesterday—other days it feels like I never had parents And I completely relate to Katherine’s numbness the reluctance to feel anything about anyone—if you care there’s a good chance that they will get yanked away from you Not caring seems like your only defence against heart wrenching pain The only problem is that is doesn’t work People like Katherine’s boyfriend Daniel worm their way into your life and you reluctantly begin to care about them all the while struggling to see them as temporary and frustrating the hell out of them as they wonder what is wrong with youI clearly remember the day that I put my emotions on ice—it was about a year and a half after the funerals and I remember thinking “I’m so tired of crying” So I uit It has taken years to thaw that permafrost and I’m still unsure that the process is finished Still a bit freezer burned I guessIt’s taken me eighteen years but I’ve finally been able to engage with my family again—they’ve been very patient they waited and I’ve been accepted back without reservation Knowing this makes me love them fiercely—after being emotionally frozen for so many years the strength of that love surprises me on each and every occasion that I spend time with themI also have a farm background like Katherine and used university as a way to do something different—I even started my university career as a biology major until I was seduced by so many other interesting subjects and wandered away into the arts and social sciences But I have so many fond memories of wandering the coulees of home identifying wild flowers scooping snails out of the pond and studying the ground suirrels as I emulated my personal idol Jane Goodall chimpanzees were in short supply but ground suirrels were plentiful on the prairiesSo I may have been predisposed to love this book—still I cannot recommend it highly enough It is worth than 5 stars to me

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Crow LakeThe doctorate and university teaching position She is never able to reconcile her success with what she considers the tragedy of Matt’s 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 Matt’s son’s 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 forgiveIn this universal drama of family love and misunderstandings Lawson ratchets up the tension her narrative flowing with consummate control in ever increasing circles overturning one’s 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. It's a strange thing that I came across this book I found it wedged into the back of a shelf downstairs It seems I read it at the perfect time It came to me in the midst of serious physical grief the kind where your body is taken over by sadness and is simply a vessel for your shaking and sobbing and wailing Oh the wailing You will wail And not in the Wayne's World sense Its the kind of thing that you can't let anyone else listen to because what the wailing is is the pain leaving your body That pain floating about untethered can do serious injury That's why you do it alone So the same day I'm holding my cousin's 14 hour old baby in my arms and the knowledge that my own mother won't be there when I hold my children in my arms for the first time or any time comes searing through my blood I find this book Kate's parents are both killed in a car crash when she is seven years old on a day that had begun like any other As an adult Kate returns to the year following her parents death when to prevent the family from being broken apart Luke the oldest then 19 decides to raise Matt 17 Kate 7 and Bo 1 on his own Perhaps it is hardest for Kate Losing both parents at seven years old Such a vulnerable age Her fear is palpable If one of her brothers is late coming home she is certain until she sees his face that he is dead too It's heartbreaking When you think about it how often do you get a window into a grieving seven year old Though the book is fiction it has the vividness of an autobiography Amid the complication the arguing and the desperation among them all love is present it is clear and pervasive and strong and nothing short of miraculous While this poor child is swallowed by fear she loves her brothers And they love her Grief is a lifelong plague but the love she has for her family is continually extricating her from it even into adulthood Its a fascinating look at time It is fascinating to see what she carries with her because its all the right stuff As a younger sister as a victim of parental loss as someone who is seeking to define herself as an adult in the face of grief and as someone who has a family albeit a broken one I found this book to be enormously powerful perhaps because it is so relevant But the writing is simple and beautiful It is a stunning portrait of familial love we take its potency for granted The story is phenomenally complex but eually simple Love simplifies things By the end of the book I was struck dumb totally overcome with one truth the story brought to light No love is ordinary