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“On New Year's Day, a father takes his young sons to a lake to write their resolutions on paper boats and set them sailing. Around the same lake at the same time, a woman named Vera takes her dog Scout for a walk. The father and sons arrive home hours after their expected time of arrival. Vera does not show up at home and Scout is found running around the lake. During the time while they were all at the lake, the police station receives a call from a woman saying that she has found a lost boy. Little by little, one detail follows another and slowly puts the pieces of Vera's disappearance together neatly. It is then that the author cleverly throws in a plot twist that this reader never saw coming. This book moves quickly, has believable characters, and ends on a bittersweet note. The narration deserves an A+.”Melinda, Buttonwood Books and Toys
From the Giller-nominated author of Y comes How a Woman Becomes a Lake, a taut, suspenseful novel about the dark corners of a small town, and the secrets that lurk within...
It's New Year's Day and the residents of a small fishing town are ready to start their lives anew. Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake to write resolutions on paper boats. That same frigid morning, Vera sets out for a walk with her dog along the lake, leaving her husband in bed with a hangover.
But she never returns. She places a call to the police saying she's found a boy in the woods, but the call is cut short by a muffled cry. Did one of Leo's sons see Vera? What are they hiding about that day? And why are they so scared of their own father?
Told from shifting perspectives, How a Woman Becomes a Lake is a compelling, lyrical novel about family, new beginnings, and costly mistakes, and asks, what do you do when the people who are meant to love you the most, fail?
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