"Crow Lakeis that rare find, a first novel so quietly assured, so compelling, and with an emotional charge so perfectly controlled, that you sense at once that this is the real thing - a literary experience to relish, a book to lose yourself in, and a name to watch. Here is a gorgeous, slowburning story of families growing up and tearing each other apart in rural Northern Ontario, where tragedy and hardship are mirrored in the landscape. Centre stage are the Morrisons whose tragedy is insidious and divisive. Orphaned young, Kate Morrison was her older brother Matt's protegee, her curious fascination for pond-life fed by his passionate interest in the natural world. Now a zoologist, she can identify organisms under a microscope, but seems blind to the tragedy of her own emotional life. She thinks she's outgrown her family, who were once her entire world - but she can't seem to outgrow her childhood or lighten the weight of their mutual past."
The first novel from bestselling, prize-winning Mary Lawson - 'A remarkable novel, utterly gripping...I read it at a single sitting, then I read it again, just for the pleasure of it.' Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
Winner of McKitterick Prize 2003.
"Beautifully written, carefully balanced, Mary Lawson constructs a history of sacrifice, emotional isolation and family love without sounding a false note" Daily Mail "Full of blossoming insights and emotional acuity...a compelling and serious page-turner" Observer "Lawson's evocative storytelling...knows just how to draw the reader on...this is a novel of disappointed hopes and self-delusion, but it has a feel-good finish. Move over Lake Wobegon" Spectator "A novel of a darkly unpredictable and compelling kind. It is a wise book" Financial Times