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Crow Lake

(2002)
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Canadian writer Mary Lawson's debut novel is a beautifully crafted and shimmering tale of love, death and redemption set in the eponymous Crow Lake, an isolated rural community where time has stood still. Narrated by 26-year-old Kate Morrison, we dive in and out of the troubled woman's childhood memories over the passage of a year--when she was seven and her parents were killed in a motoring accident, leaving Kate, her younger sister Bo and two older brothers Matt and Luke orphaned. The proverbial can of worms is opened for our heroine when she receives an invitation to Matt's son's 18th birthday. The successful zoologist and professor, so accustomed to dissecting everything through a microscope, must suddenly analyse her own relationship and come to terms with her past before she forsakes a future with the man she loves. She is still in turmoil over the events of that fateful summer and winter 20 years ago when the tragedy of another local family, the Pyes, spilled over into their own lives with earth-shattering consequences. One dark night, a shivering Laurie, Pye's only son, stands mute in their porchlight, straining to share something with them but, startled, turns and runs away. The many strange, longing looks which pass between Matt and Marie, Pye's eldest daughter. And the awful night when Marie stands in their doorway whispering unspeakable horrors. In Kate's eyes, the Pye family drown out the hopes and dreams of her own in that one moment. But does the tragedy really lie in the past or is it in the present? Lawson's narrative flows effortlessly in ever-increasing circles, swirling impressions in the reader's mind until form takes shape and the reader is left to reflect on the whole. Crow Lake is a wonderful achievement that will ripple in and out the reader's consciousness long after the last page is turned.

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"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


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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 1-4352-9772-5 / 978-1-4352-9772-2 (USA edition)
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August 2003 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Crow Lake. (General Fiction, Large Print)
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 1-58547-332-4 / 978-1-58547-332-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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March 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Crow Lake (Charnwood Library)
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-7089-9450-4 / 978-0-7089-9450-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood (Large Print)
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January 2003 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-613-62894-2 / 978-0-613-62894-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Econo-Clad Books, Div. of American Cos., Inc.
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February 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary LAWSON
ISBN: 0-676-97479-1 / 978-0-676-97479-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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February 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Crow Lake (Alex Awards (Awards))
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-385-33611-X / 978-0-385-33611-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Dial Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2006 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Crow Lake: A Novel
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-7704-3010-4 / 978-0-7704-3010-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
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August 2004 : USA Paperback

Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-606-31082-7 / 978-0-606-31082-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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March 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-676-97480-5 / 978-0-676-97480-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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February 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Mobbs
ISBN: 0-09-942932-2 / 978-0-09-942932-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Crow Lake (Today Show Book Club #7)
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-385-33763-9 / 978-0-385-33763-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
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2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-385-33613-6 / 978-0-385-33613-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta / Dell Publishing
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2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-7011-7365-3 / 978-0-7011-7365-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Delta / Dell Publishing
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February 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Lawson
ISBN: 0-7011-7321-1 / 978-0-7011-7321-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Mobbs
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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June 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Crow Lake: A Novel
Author(s): Mary Lawson
Publisher: Seal Books
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November 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Crow Lake
Author(s): Mary Lawson
Publisher: Delta
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