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Crow Lake (Today Show Book Club #7) Paperback – January 13, 2003
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Mainly, this is the story of Kate and her love for her brother Matt. Matt has always been her role model, her idol and inspiration. It is he who first plants the idea of studying zoology in her head with his always entertaining trips to the nearby ponds on their land. Matt is the over-achieving academic of the family who hatches a secret plot with Kate. He will get his college degree and with the wonderful job he will land he can pay for her to attend college. When she graduates, the two of them will help send Bo and Luke.
Alas, the plan goes awry when a terrible tragedy at a neighbor's house spills over to the Morrisons and changes the course of all their lives. How Kate deals with this tragedy and its far-reaching effects on her will certainly give the reader a lot to consider about families and the place each child has in his or hers. This is a story of great love and great loss and the healing that takes many years to accomplish. It is a tale of resentment and jealousy played against the power of loyalty. It is an uplifting tale of succeeding against terrible odds and almost losing what is most important.
Lawson utilizes her writing talent to capture not only the plight of Morrison family but to surround them with an assortment of friends, family and neighbors equiped with noble hearts and curious idiosyncrasies.
I did have a problem with the "adult Kate" who came across as self-absorbed and unforgiving. It seems that for all her knowledge and formal education she has never been able to grow out of her adolescent mental image of Matt and as a result is left with unresolved feelings of guilt and a self imposed emotional isolation.
Crow Lake serves as a warning to us all of the potentially destructive nature of hero-worship and challenges us to examine our definition of success and how we measure it. 3 1/2 STARS
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is altogether a lovely novel. The writing is graceful, lyrical at times, and the metaphors are striking and fresh. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Maryanna B.
This story, and the way it is told, brought back memories of my own childhood and growing up. The big story line was very different but the finer details felt vividly like my own. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I'm so happy I've discovered Mary Lawson. Her discription of a Canadian youngster getting dressed for school in winter brought back memories so vivid I felt so stuffed l could... Read morePublished 3 days ago by margo kirby
I picked this book up at my small home town library and was instantly in love with Lawson's style of writing, character building, and powerful imagery of northern Ontario. Read morePublished 4 days ago by dmp
this was recommended by an author in a NY Times article. I thought it was well written story about a family and the sibling relationships.Published 14 days ago by SFTheatreLover
Wonderful character development. Compelling plot. Excellent writing. Looking forward to reading more of her work. Would gladly read it again.Published 20 days ago by Mary F Hess
I liked the book although it was slow. Didn't like the ending. It left too much to the imagination. An epilogue would give more closurePublished 29 days ago by Debbie. Thornbury