Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
“My great-grandmother Morrison fixed a book rest to her spinning wheel so that she could read while she was spinning, or so the story goes.”
I liked Crow Lake from the very first sentence to the very last. It was an enjoyable, easy, and engrossing read. Crow Lake, set in the Northern farmlands of Ontario, is a story about a family that encounters a tragic event that changes their lives forever. The story is told by Kate who was seven years old when it happens. She has a special bond with her older brother Matt who is extremly bright. The story is in large part about their relationship, and how it changes throughout the years.
Although the book had a bit of a melancholy feel (Kate seemed achingly lonely at times), I really liked it and I thought it was a good book to read during the holidays. It’s an interesting and mature look at family dynamics regarding acceptance, sacrifice, and familial love.
I was reading through the comments and decided to add this to my post.
I was reading through the comments and I’m glad to hear that some of you have read and liked this book as well. I really struggled trying to write a review and I feel like I left out a few things other things that I really appreciated about the book.
1. I thought the character development was spectacular. I find it interesting how some writers do such a wonderful job of bringing their characters to life, while others seem to really struggle with it.
2. The main character Kate, in the present, is a Zoologist and there are a few times within the book that we get little dips into the world of Zoology and a little schooling on the effects of pollutants on the surface tension of still water. I love when books let me get a little glimpse of what it might be like to be a scientist and I get a little extra knowledge thrown my way.