I found myself recommending this favorite book to a patron the other day after a conversation about siblings. Tension travels from page to page as two brothers working the family farm in northern Canada virtually despise the other and his ways. Each day one taunts the other, cries wolf, plans pranks, needles relentlessly. We all probably have experienced all-in-good-fun-go-suddenly-wrong… in seconds. Siblings never let you forget ….ever. Crow Lake is also an excellent read. My name is already on the Holds list for her new book coming out this summer!
“Lawson’s gifts are enormous, especially her ability to write a literary work in a popular style. Her dialogue has perfect pitch, yet I’ve never read anyone better at articulating silence. Best of all, Lawson creates the most quotable images in Canadian literature.” —Toronto Star
“[Lawson] returns to several of the themes that marked her brilliantly successful first novel, Crow Lake. . . . Lawson’s cornucopia of novelistic gifts, even more bounteously on display in her second book, includes handsome, satisfying sentences, vivid descriptions of physical work and landscape and an almost fiendish efficiency in building the feeling that something very bad is about to happen.” —National Post