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Road Ends: A Novel

Lawson, Mary

Verlag: The Dial Press, 2014
ISBN 10: 0812995732 / ISBN 13: 9780812995732
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Titel: Road Ends: A Novel

Verlag: The Dial Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2014

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Praise for Road Ends "Like all great writers--and [Mary] Lawson is among the finest--she tells her story in a deceptively simple and straightforward way, but one that resonates with anyone who has ever struggled with doing the right thing by a family member despite a desperate longing to escape that burden." -- The Star Praise for Mary Lawson Crow Lake "Witty and poignant . . . The assurance with which Mary Lawson handles both reflection and violence makes her a writer to read and watch." --The New York Times Book Review "A touching meditation on the power of loyalty and loss . . . and on what it means to love, to accept, to succeed--and to negotiate fate's obstacle courses." -- People The Other Side of the Bridge "[Lawson] draws her characters with unobtrusive humor and compassion, and she meets one of the fiction writer's most difficult challenges: to portray goodness believably, without sugar or sentiment." --The Washington Post Book World "[Lawson] writes vividly of the joys and hardships of rural life, the harsh but sublime beauties of the natural world, as well as the thread connecting one generation to the next." --Los Angeles Times. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0812995732

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Inhaltsangabe: From an acclaimed writer whose work invites comparisons to Elizabeth Strout, Rick Bass, and Richard Ford comes a brilliantly layered novel about self-sacrifice, family relationships, and the weight of our responsibility to those we love.
The New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge returns with a brilliantly layered novel about self-sacrifice, family relationships, and the weight of our responsibility to those we love.
Twenty-one-year-old Megan Cartwright has never been outside Struan, Ontario, a small town of deep woods and forbidding winters. The second oldest in a house with seven brothers, Megan is the caregiver, housekeeper, and linchpin of the family, but the day comes when she decides it?s time she had a life of her own. Leaving everything behind, Megan sets out for London.
In the wake of her absence, her family begins to unravel. Megan?s parents and brothers withdraw from one another, leading emotionally isolated lives while still under the same roof. Her oldest brother, Tom, reeling from the death of his best friend, rejects a promising future to move back home. Emily, her mother, rarely leaves the room where she dreamily dotes on her newborn son, while Megan?s four-year-old brother, Adam, is desperate for warmth and attention. And as time passes, Megan?s father, Edward, stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that his household is coming undone. Torn between her independence and family ties, Megan must make an impossible choice.
Nuanced, compelling, and searingly honest, Road Ends illuminates how we each make peace with the demands of love. Mary Lawson delivers compassion and heartbreak in equal measure in her most stunning novel to date.

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?Mary Lawson?s story of a dysfunctional family in a northern Ontario logging town is told in scenes that are as palpably tender and surprising as they are quietly disturbing. . . . [Lawson] has an uncanny talent for evoking the textures of her characters? moods while moving them unsentimentally through London and Struan.? ?The New York Times Book Review
?Like all great writers?and Lawson is among the finest?she tells her story in a deceptively simple and straightforward way, but one that resonates with anyone who has ever struggled with doing the right thing by a family member despite a desperate longing to escape that burden.? ?The Star
?[Lawson] can justifiably lay claim to an oeuvre as well as a personal geography. If the part of Ontario west of Toronto is Munro country, then the area northwest of New Liskeard and Cobalt?where her fictional towns of Struan and Crow Lake are roughly located?may well end up being dubbed Lawson Country.? ?National Post
?A beautiful novel, with the psychological twists and turns of each character gently and poignantly unfurled.? ?The Globe and Mail

Inhaltsangabe: On a perfect August morning in 1967, above a river just outside a small town in the north of Canada, a young man meets his death. And so begins the unravelling of his best friend Tom's already precarious family. Eighteen months on, and the town of Struan is in the grip of winter. Still reeling from his friend's death, Tom has dropped out and spends his days driving a snow plough. His mother has yet another new baby and is nesting upstairs, increasingly lost in her own world. His father, Edward, retreats to his study and his diaries, unable to cope with his growing, unruly family. There are so many brothers in the house that Tom has almost lost count, but Adam, who is only four, somehow can't be ignored. Their one sister - capable, dependable, formidable Megan - who used to run the show, has escaped to London and is finally living her own life. But then come disturbing letters from home. In this masterful, enthralling, and tender novel, which takes us from the silver rush in Northern Ontario in the early 1900s to London in the 60s, Mary Lawson gently reveals the intricacies and anguish of family life, the push and pull of responsibility and individual desire, the way we can face tragedy and, in time, hope to start again.

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