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Road Ends by Mary Lawson
  

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A gentle story about people and in particular a family where the wife just loves having babies. She has had eight children, one boy died and there is one hard-working, capable girl amongst the siblings. Set in North Canada mostly in the winter of 1968/69 with a bit of flashbacking across 1967, it is a real page turner. There is a claustrophobic feeling of being hemmed in by the snow which adds great atmosphere to the story. It’s tragic but never dark, full of negligence, squalor and noise. It’s an extraordinary family and a lovely, lovely book.

If you like Mary Lawson you might also like to read books by Jane Hamilton, Sue Monk Kidd and Alice Mcdermott.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The Cartwright family is in crisis: Tom’s mother is absorbed in yet another new baby, and Tom looks on helplessly as his father distances himself behind his study door, his siblings lack a firm hand, and his capable sister Megan begins a new life in England. With Megan gone, Tom – despite the damaging events of his own recent past – must try to turn things around, but deep emotional wounds may be beyond healing, and for all the Cartwrights, difficult decisions must be made. A touching family story set in 1960s Canada, this has cameo appearances by characters from Mary Lawson’s bestseller Crow Lake.
~ Karen Howlett

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Synopsis

Road Ends by Mary Lawson

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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Reviews

'Lawson grasps the anguished allure of family life played out against the vast, wintry backdrop of the Canadian landscape. Deftly she keeps our interest by dividing up the chapters between the characters to give shifting points of view on some universal themes' -- Rosanna Greenstreet Richmond Magazine

'Road Ends is a captivating novel and a joy to read' -- Lindsay Healy Bookseller

'Subtle but gripping... Beautifully written, with the locations brilliantly evoked' -- Francesca Cookney Sunday Mirror

About the Author

Mary Lawson
Mary Lawson was born and brought up in a farming community in Ontario. A distant relative of L.M.Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, she came to England in 1968, is married with two grown-up sons and lives in Surrey.

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Publication date

26th February 2015

Author

Mary Lawson

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099587293

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