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The Way the Crow Flies

(2003)
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The Way the Crow Flies, Ann-Marie MacDonald's follow-up novel to her bestselling debut (and Oprah Book Club pick), Fall on Your Knees, opens in 1962 when the McCarthy family moves from Germany to their new home on a Canadian air force base near London, Ontario. Madeleine, eight and already a blossoming comic, is particularly close with her father, Jack, an air force officer. Her loving Acadian mother, Mimi, and older brother Mike round out this family, whose simple goodness reflects the glow of an era that seemed like paradise. But all that is about to change. The Cuban Missile Crisis is looming, and Jack, loyal and gullible, suddenly has an important task to carry out that involves a scientist--a former Nazi--in Canada.

While Jack scrambles to keep his activities hidden from his wife, Madeleine too is learning to keep secrets (about a teacher at school). The Way the Crow Flies is all about the fertility of lies, how one breeds another and another. Although the writing flows with a strong current, the profusion of pop references, especially ad slogans, grows tiresome. The author can, however, capture a lovely image in few words: "The afternoon intensifies. August is the true light of summer" and "yes, the earth is a woman, and her favorite food is corn." At times the story is marvelously compelling, as the mystery of a horrific murder in the fields near the base is unravelled. When events lead to a trial and its outcome, the story peaks, in a conclusion with no easy answers. The last third of the book takes place, for the most part, 20 years later. Here the novel meanders somewhat, losing its ability to captivate with the same intensity. The reader longs to return to the earlier world, which MacDonald has captured in vital detail. --Mark Frutkin, Amazon.ca

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0-00-717171-4 / 978-0-00-717171-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel
Author(s): Ann-Marie Macdonald
ISBN: 0-06-057895-5 / 978-0-06-057895-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0-676-97408-2 / 978-0-676-97408-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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Paperback Editions

August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel (P.S.)
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0-06-058637-0 / 978-0-06-058637-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author(s): Ann-Marie Macdonald
ISBN: 0-676-97409-0 / 978-0-676-97409-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perennial
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January 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0-00-717172-2 / 978-0-00-717172-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0-00-717965-0 / 978-0-00-717965-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0-00-717457-8 / 978-0-00-717457-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0-00-717366-0 / 978-0-00-717366-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd
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2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0-9654945-3-5 / 978-0-9654945-3-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
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Audio Editions

September 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0-06-057896-3 / 978-0-06-057896-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

July 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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October 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel
Author(s): Ann-Marie MacDonald
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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