- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (November 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143120360
- ISBN-13: 978-0143120360
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 203 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[Edwards’s] latest novel, set in the Finger Lakes region of her native New York, is another tour de force that showcases her talent for engaging readers immediately and, her agile prose would argue, effortlessly.”
“Beautifully written, with vivid imagery and emotion, this book shines with artistry. Edwards has another winner here, and I look forward to reading more of her work.”
“Kim Edwards writes with great wisdom and compassion about family, choices, secrets, and redemption.”
About the Author
Kim Edwards is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, which was translated into thirty-eight languages. The Lake of Dreams is her second New York Times bestselling novel. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King. Her honors include the Whiting Award, the British Book Award, and USA Today’s Book of the Year, as well as the Nelson Algren Award, a National Magazine Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has taught widely in the US and Asia, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
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The characters are deep and well developed and the story proceeds at a good pace. For awhile, the basic plot seems like one you may have read a thousand times, but then it twists and the main character grows. I hated having to put it down the writing is so descriptive and rich.
This complex, multigenerational story also incorporates some of the present dilemmas of land use and water preservation. It is a celebration of our mother Earth and its creatures.
Woven into this family story is the history of women's rights and a depiction of how hard they had to be fought for and why we should not take them for granted. Women should remember what it was like before there were laws to protect our rights and take full advantage of our right to vote to protect women in the future instead of allowing them to be eroded by present legislation.
Lucy is living in Japan with her boyfriend Yoshi. She is unsettled, unable to find a job and feeling homesick. She goes to visit her mother who lives in upstate New York - her first visit home in many years, having left soon after her father died in a boating accident. She discovers some long lost letters, which prompts her to investigate a previously unknown family member. This initiates a chain of events that will have a huge impact on her family.
The book is an easy read and feels well researched. Nevertheless I didn't care about any of the characters, didn't find the story terribly interesting and became totally fed up with the endless watery metaphors. The plot is also overly reliant on happy coincidences, timely revelations and the reader's willingness to overlook time compressions that defy the laws of physics.
There have been many recent - and better - books about women uncovering family secrets: Sarah's Key and The Distant Hours: A Novel come to mind.
If you read the Kindle edition of this book, be aware that a family tree is included at the very end.
One night, suffering from jet lag, Lucy picks the lock on an old window seat in her family home and finds a number of what appear to be old letters and historical documents. She begins to research her findings, and what she discovers is more than she bargained for--she finds a hidden secret in her family tree that has the potential for ripple effects into the present, and future. As Lucy tries to uncover more and more of the facts, she also must renegotiate her relationships, with her family, with Keegan, and with Yoshi.
I've always been a fan of stories of family dysfunction and family history, so this book grabbed me pretty quickly. And while the story itself was really interesting, and I really enjoyed the way Kim Edwards laid everything out, I had trouble warming up to Lucy's character until well into the book, and that made immersing myself in the story fully a bit difficult. But by the time I appreciated just how complex a character Lucy was, I found myself truly hooked. While perhaps not as memorable as Edwards' The Memory Keeper's Daughter, this book is definitely an affecting, emotional read.