- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Verdant Books (February 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615550851
- ISBN-13: 978-0615550855
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,491,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Laird Harrison is a novelist and multimedia journalist. He has written for magazines such as TIME, Audubon and The Nation, newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Web sites such as Salon, Reuters.com and CNN.com. He has produced video for websites including Smithsonianmag.com, and audio for WUNC radio. Harrison has taught writing at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension and Mediabistro. Harrison grew up in Berkeley, California, and studied creative writing and politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives with his wife and their two sons in Oakland, California.
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OBTW, many other polyamorous choices were available to the two couples, but not pursued. Their story could have followed a different path with very different results. This offers a great opportunity for other authors out there.
The strength of Harrison's characters is their very ordinariness. Their hapless optimism at their Aquarian dawn renders them more childish than their own kids, who have wiser doubts from the beginning. There's little true iconoclasm in the adults, but the recklessness of the times infects them and they believe they can expand the bounds of traditional marriage without upsetting its balance.
Harrison writes with intelligence, affection, grace, and wit about these sane, orderly, well-meaning people who pluck the apple from the tree and split it four ways.
Fallen Lake is cleverly crafted to unfold before you like a careful seduction. You are transported along with Hiram & Sybil and Laura & Leif from the tenative first steps on Fallen Lake through their years of being in a group marriage. Along the way, you find yourself entrenched with two families moving to become a whole with the pitfalls of children, work, prejudices, and their own developing dynamics that weave them into, what they hope, will be a cohesive unit.
The real strength of this story is how simply he weaves the characters and the world around them. You are enveloped with a sense of their optimism and dreams. And, the strength of their day-to-day convictions carry you to want them to realize their dreams.
Alas, with all good stories the eddies and undercurrents of their relationships find these four off their intended course and charting through rough storms and sour grapes before it reaches its end.
Come visit with Hiram & Sybil and Laura & Leif, and fall in love.