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The City Of Invention

The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

Tragedy In Small Town Canada

Crow Lake - Mary Lawson

Crow Lake is the predecessor to The Other Side Of The Bridge, which I read first. Set in the same community in rural northern Ontario, it's an equally powerful piece of story-telling, displaying real emotional depth and compelling characterisation.


The story describes the impact of tragedy on a group of siblings, the narrative unfolding through the eyes of Kate, the only one of them to leave her isolated community for the wider world. It's a novel about mistakes, disappointment and the lessons of experience. That makes it sound depressing but it's anything but. Like its sequel, it's an uplifting read that satisfies at a very deep level - the sort of book that stays with you for a long time.