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Song Over Quiet Lake Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Song Over Quiet Lake is a story of profound loss and of the ability of the human heart to find joy and continue to love against overwhelming odds. Burns has given life to a complex cast of characters...it is Lydie’s voice which emerges strong and powerful, pulling the other characters into her sphere as their stories interconnect. She is a survivor, an elder whose wisdom and joy shine from the page. "I never worry about being lost no more. ’Cause I know the maps are in our heads. Just like the songs and stories. We humans go away from our maps and forget the way, but if we dream hard enough, the maps come back." (The Chronicle Herald 20100117)
In Song Over Quiet Lake, Canadian-born Colorado-resident Sarah Felix Burns has written a subtle, engaging novel about trauma, failure, and healing. (The Canon BEAT 20100401)
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This story is told through several narrators including: Sylvia, her mother Miriam, her boyfriend River, Lydie, and both her sons Mitchell and Jonah. The final links in the story are supplied by an old priest lying in his death bed.
For the most part, I rather enjoyed this novel. The concept of an elder and a young student befriending each other is quite believable. They both needed and gained something from this relationship. I was somewhat put off by the use of language. No swearing. It made sense to me that Lydie's english wasn't text book perfect, so missed articles and that was fine with me as she didn't learn english till she was at least twelve. I didn't feel that Sylvia's language was up to that of a woman soon to graduate from university. The first time she meets with Lydie for tutoring she is adament about keeping everything professional, yet her language made me think of a sixteen year old. I kept reading and by the middle of the book this became less noticeable to me.
As the two women revealed the past events in their lives, I was surprised at my emotional response to them. Yes, I cried more than a few times. I was also bewildered at some of Sylvia's actions, particularly the night after finishing her final exams. Perhaps that was a true action in some university social circles.Read more ›