Arthur and Jake: brothers, yet worlds apart. Arthur is older, shy, dutiful, and set to inherit his father's farm. Jake is younger and reckless, a dangerous to know. When Laura arrives in their 1930s rural community, an already uneasy relationship is driven to breaking point...
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A beautiful read, on every level - Independent on Sunday
Like the great 19th-century novelists of provincial life, Mary Lawson is fluent in the desperate intensity of the small, individual dramas of respectable people - and she paints an eloquent picture - Sunday Telegraph
Evokes beautifully the big joys and sorrows of most people, no matter how small their town - The Times
Discreetly powerful - Daily Telegraph
This is a fine book - an enthralling read, both straightforward and wonderfully intricate - Guardian
A subtly-wrought affair of complex relationships, hard times and shocking events - Independent
Eloquent, thoughtful book...not only has Lawson fulfilled the promise of her first novel, she has surpassed it in a layered, complex story about emotional power shifts. Storytelling, not showmanship, dictates the honest, serious art of Mary Lawson - Irish Times
Lawson's measured prose is good at communicating the warp and weft of communal life... Lawson's quiet artistry has many virtues - Sunday Times
Beautifully observed with characters who are all realistically flawed - Scotland on Sunday
Lawson's gifts are enormous, especially her ability to write a literary work in a popular style. Her dialogue has perfect pitch, yet I've never read anyone better at articulating silence. Best of all, Lawson creates the most quotable images in Canadian literature - Toronto Star
I could not put it down, but perhaps better to say that I could not let it go or that it would not let me go... Lawson transported me into a place that I know does not exist by taking me deep down into the story of a family whose fate is inexorable and universal. Her reality became mine - Globe and Mail
[Lawson] returns to several of the themes that marked her brilliantly successful first novel, Crow Lake... Lawson's cornucopia of novelistic gifts, even more bounteously on display in her second book, includes handsome, satisfying sentences, vivid descriptions of physical work and landscape and an almost fiendish efficiency in building the feeling that something very bad is about to happen - National Post
An engrossing period piece...vivid evocation of setting and characters - Observer
A decent, sober, well-made novel - Guardian
Tragic and haunting - get the Kleenex for the final page - Daily Express
Mary Lawson's first novel, Crow Lake, was admired by critics and adored by readers all over the world; translated into 23 languages and published in 25 countries, it was a New York Times bestseller and spent 75 weeks on the bestseller lists in her native Canada. It was chosen by You magazine for its Reading Group and won the McKitterick Prize. Her second novel, The Other Side of the Bridge, was longlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and selected for the Richard & Judy book club. Lawson was born and brought up in a farming community in Ontario, but came to England in 1968. She is married with two grown-up sons and lives in Kingston-upon-Thames.