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The Other Side of the Bridge Paperback – August 28, 2007
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Thereafter a spirit of enmity grows between Jake and Arthur, one that will poison their relationship and inextricably tie them to the past. What began as a sly one-upmanship on Jake's part accelerates to a campaign, their mother Jake's unwitting pawn. As reliable as a farm animal, Arthur is predictable in every respect, unquestioning, obedient and focused on the survival of the family farm. Falling in love with the preacher's daughter, Laura is Arthur's undoing; as soon as the handsome, charming Jake realizes Arthur's predicament, the die is cast. Buffeted by economic insecurity and the devastation of a world war, the brothers act out their roles as if the terrible conclusion is preordained.
Arthur survives, his back bent to the work at hand. True to his nature, Arthur cleans up his brother's wreckage, yet is of little comfort to the mother casually devastated by Jake's two-line goodbye note.Read more ›
When World War 2 begins, neither of the brothers enlist, for different reasons, but they stay at home, while their friends go overseas to fight. Arthur devotes his time to farming and thinking and feeling guilty, while Jake seems to celebrate life by sleeping with as many girls as he can, drink and have fun.
The brothers never really find each other, and specially Arthur is consumed by guilt and thoughts, until they are both grown up, and the high school kid Ian enters their world. Or enters Arthur's world. Ian is at a point in his life where he needs to find out what he wants to do with the rest of it, and while thinking about this, he goes to work for Arthur on the farm he inherited from his parents. Jake is long gone, and life goes on in a quiet way. Until Jake suddenly surfaces again, and Ian senses that there is something more behind his visit than just feelings for the good ole family.Read more ›
I have always been angered by the parable of the Prodigal Son, wondering why the son who stayed at home was less important, less valued than the son who went away. This book explores that old parable and sets it on its ear. I won't bother with a plot synopsis, because others have already done that. I will talk about the difficult task the writer has set for herself. She tells a large part of this story from the viewpoint of the least interesting character, Arthur. Such is her gift that even though we are seeing the world through the dumbfounded eyes of the good son who remains on the farm, we still understand the pain and complexity of the emotional life swirling around him, even though it is almost completely lost on Arthur. I'm not quite sure how Lawson carried it off, but I can say that if you loved Crow Lake, you will not be disappointed.
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I have now read the "Struan Trilogy". I've enjoyed each. Lawson has grown on me. At first I was looking for a a bit more plot but I in each of these there is plenty of... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Digital Rights
Mary Carson creates fragile, unremarkable characters who are remarkable because the reader comes to know their souls. Read morePublished 17 days ago by allison wells
Will recommend at my next book club meeting. Young and old--human nature sets our course. Emotions may decide the outcome.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Having recently read Crow Lake by Mary Lawson, I immediately purchased two more of her books. I'm impressed with the honesty and integrity with which this author weaves another... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancee
Mary Lawson is an excellent author and I look forward to reading more of her books.Published 2 months ago by stephen r mathey
Totally encrossing, couldn't put it down, had to finish it, even at the expense of urgent housework. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mirja Tiri
I bought the Kindle version Saturday evening and finished 1st thing Monday morning. I like that it didn't take 2 or 3 chapters to get into it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Samantha Harse
I'm not going to do much but go along with the crown. This book is fantastic.
I don't know how the author did it but... Read more