Thursday, August 12, 2010

Book #74 of 2010

Book #74 of 2010 was "Crow Lake" by Mary Lawson.

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.

Lawson is one of the best writers out there right now. She does not write cheerful tales about hardworking farm folk but instead her writing is rather gritty - and often harsh. If you enjoy character studies, you will enjoy Lawson's writing.

Up next is "Look Again" by Lisa Scottoline.

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