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  • Lesley A @Lesley4 Frant updated 5 months ago

    Discussion of Crow Lake

    Crow Lake held my interest throughout. I thought it was written ‘quietly’ but powerfully - a proper family saga which brings out all the characters very clearly and realistically. I could really feel their individual struggles and they all rang true.

    I thought the role education plays as both an enabler and a divider was very well portrayed. It’s something that I can relate to quite strongly in my own family.

    I liked the remote setting and could feel the atmosphere, mosquitoes and all. I liked this book a lot. It’s her first novel. I wonder whether her later ones are as good - has anyone read her work before?
    • @Le... I will post my thoughts in couple of hours, need to be on the road in ten minutes. But gene..

    • I really enjoyed this book - and will read it again shortly to savour it all over again. The writing..

    • And no, I hadn't come across this author before.

    • @Li... I like your word 'savour' - I think I savoured it!

    • I suggested this book because I read The Other Side of the Bridge a while ago and really loved it, s..

    • I enjoyed the book, but this is the 2nd one we have read where they keep going backwards and forward..

    • Oh - I like the to and fro, as it tantalises you with clues - for me that is what made it hard to pu..

    • I enjoy books that go back and forth in time, as long as it's not overdone. It reminds us of how our..

    • I felt it was appropriate in this book and I felt she handled it well. In some novels you get confus..

    • 8/10. This was one of the books when you can't wait to go to bed and read another few chapters in qu..

    • Thanks Tomas - agree with everything you say.

    • Well done @To... you put it all much better than I could. I usually hate it when they keep jumping a..

    • I did not think I would like this book and left it till last minute to read but liked it better than..

    • @Mi... Thanks Min. I was glad the ending was kept low key. I think it fitted with the way that that co..

    • I agree about the ending- initially I thought 'well surely there must be more' but it grew on me- th..

    • @Je... Yes! More like Eastenders!

    • I, too, liked the ending - it seemed low key, but in a way, it wasn't for Kate - a realisation that ..

    • I loved the way the author depicted Kate at the party doing the washing up and grappling with the sl..

    • Yes - we haven't said very much about the writing style, and I think in a way that says it all. It's..

    • @Cl... very much true, Mary Lawson is a true master of that. Another example, I think any other aut..

    • It reminds me of Anne Tyler in that way. Quite a different setting but a similar ability to enable y..

    • Well that seems to have been a hit with all of us. Thanks for the recommendation @Cl... - it's love..

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Book club

This group is for people who like to read a book and discuss it with others. We will choose a book each month from titles suggested by members of the group. We will then return for an on-line discussion at a pre selected date which will be 6 weeks later. Important that we suggest books which are readily available, not too expensive, and not too long.

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