Road ends / Mary Lawson.
Publication year: 2015
Publisher: London : Vintage Books,
ISBN: 9780099587293 (pbk.) :
Originally published: Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2013.
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.
374 pages ; 20 cm
"The book is a treasure. Initially it can be rather daunting as it jumps backwards and forwards between 1966 and 1969 and because of this I found a second reading very rewarding and enlightening. It is about family relationships, gender roles within a family, bad parenting caused by previous bad parenting and by mental illness and the effect this has on the children. It is about shame and guilt and self-centredness, ignoring what is happening to others, but it is also full of humour and love. A second reading shows how the plot is so cleverly crafted." "A marvellous book! The characters are well-developed, albeit very annoying - I really wanted to slap Edward. My sympathy is primarily with Meg and I feel sorry for Tom and his depression, and poor Adam - well, what an awful life. I so wanted Meg to have a happy ending - maybe she'll marry Luke!" 9/10
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