From the acclaimed author of FALL ON YOUR KNEES -- an international bestseller -- comes a mesmerizing new novel. "The sun came out after the war and our world went Technicolour. Everyone had the same idea. Let's get married. Let's have kids. Let's be the ones who do it right." For Madeleine McCarthy -- high-spirited and eight years old -- her family's posting to a quiet air force base near the Canadian-American border is at first welcome, secure as she is in the love of her beautiful mother, and unaware that her father, ...
From the acclaimed author of FALL ON YOUR KNEES -- an international bestseller -- comes a mesmerizing new novel. "The sun came out after the war and our world went Technicolour. Everyone had the same idea. Let's get married. Let's have kids. Let's be the ones who do it right." For Madeleine McCarthy -- high-spirited and eight years old -- her family's posting to a quiet air force base near the Canadian-American border is at first welcome, secure as she is in the love of her beautiful mother, and unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in his own web of secrets. The early 1960s -- a time of optimism infused with the excitement of the space race but overshadowed with the menace of the Cold War -- is filtered through a rich imagination as Madeleine draws us into her world. But the base is host to some intriguing characters, including the unconventional Froelich family, and the odd Mr March whose power over the children is a secret burden that they carry. Then tragedy strikes, and a very local murder intersects with global forces, binding the participants together for life. As the tension in the McCarthy's household builds, Jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine learns about the ambiguity of human morality -- a lesson she will only begin to understand when she carries her quest for the truth, and the killer, into adulthood twenty years later. THE WAY THE CROW FLIES is a novel that is as compelling as it is rich. With her unerring eye for the whimsical, the absurd and the quintessentially human, Ann-Marie MacDonald stunningly evokes the pain, confusion, and humour of childhood in a perilous adult world. At once a loving portrayal and indictment of a an era, THE WAY THE CROW FLIES is a work of great hear and soaring intelligence.
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The subject of this novel is far from uplifting. It's dark, disturbing, even, depressing. But the skill of MacDonald makes it readable, believable, debatable, and, before you know it, you "have to find out what happened in the end". You hope with all your heart that truth and goodness prevails, that right overturns wrong and justice wins the day. You smile at some scenes and cry at others. There is so much love, irony and wit embroidered into, an essentially, vile story. Literally; a masterpiece!!
Dec 13, 2009
This is a book that you will either love or hate. I almost threw it down at one point. I thought "oh, no, this author is writing about another pedophile!". But I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. There are things about this book that you will probably hate. I didn't know if I'd end up giving it one star or five, but it is a testament to the authors skill at stoytelling that in spite of the elements of this story that make it very unappealing, the characters draw you on. There are moments where you just want to reach inside the story and get one of these children to tell. There are moments where you anguish over the conflicts facing the father. where does his greater duty lie? To the truth or the "greater good"? I went from wanting to throw the book down to not being able to PUT it down. Warning: you will think you know who the murderer is early on, but hold on, stay with it, the end is worth it. Kudos to Ms. MacDonald. Her characters are real people. You love some, you hate some, and some get a little of both. Both disturbing and wonderful!
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