Bestselling author ofCrow Lake, Mary Lawson writes the very best kind of commercial literary fiction: her brilliance is to take characters and situations that on the face of it seem simple, but like all good writers, she mines them for gold. They are the stuff of life.Roads Endwill delight her legions of fans.
The snowed-in town of Struan in the northern Ontario landscape ofRoad Endsis again the brilliant backdrop to Mary Lawson's newest novel. And whileRoad Endsfully stands on its own, there are glimpses and references relating it to her 2 much loved earlier novels--beloved characters fromCrow Lakereappear (including Luke and outspoken little Bo, who stole so many hearts: Bo now in her late teens, as captivating and forthright as ever). The individual small town characters are still with us, old, buried tales resurfacing, but here a new generation is growing up, dealing with chaos, loss and love and finding their way in the world--this time in the late '60s. A new family is at the centre of Lawson's third novel--the Cartwrights--with its 5 children and their father--a man absent in spirit if not in fact--and mother, who thrives on giving birth to babies but is herself now oddly and worryingly fading away. The gripping story is triggered by the suicide of young Tom Cartwright's best friend, Rob, after Rob has accidentally killed a child while drunk driving. Tom is devastated, and the tragedy will bring to the surface independent desires and needs, and leave the family deeply changed as it finds its way toward understanding and new beginnings.