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He listened as their voices faded into the rumble of the falls. He was thinking about the lynx. The way it had looked at him, acknowledging his existence, then passing out of his life like smoke. . . It was the first thing—the only thing—that had managed, if only for a moment, to displace from his mind the image of the child. He had carried that image with him for a year now, and it had been a weight so great that sometimes he could hardly stand.
Mary Lawson’s beloved novels, Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge, have delighted legions of readers around the world. The fictional, northern Ontario town of Struan, buried in the winter snows, is the vivid backdrop to her breathtaking new novel.
Roads End brings us a family unravelling in the aftermath of tragedy: Edward Cartwright, struggling to escape the legacy of a violent past; Emily, his wife, cloistered in her room with yet another new baby, increasingly unaware of events outside the bedroom door; Tom, their eldest son, twenty-five years old but home again, unable to come to terms with the death of a friend; and capable, formidable Megan, the sole daughter in a household of eight sons, who for years held the family together but has finally broken free and gone to England, to try to make a life of her own.
Roads End is Mary Lawson at her best. In this masterful, enthralling, tender novel, which ranges from the Ontario silver rush of the early 1900s to swinging London in the 1960s, she 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.

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January 8th, 2015
Very interesting story. East to read and follow the characters. Especially interesting to me as I live in North Bay, know the towns of New Liskeard , Cobalt and Hailebury very well? The description of winter and the challenges of living in Northern Ontario is quite accurate. A very good, entertaining, and well written story. Thank you to Mary Lawson for this. An added comment from myself is that I have also read Crow Lake which I also enjoyed. !
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August 18th, 2014
A bit on the dark side, but a page turner all the way. A dysfunctual family will survive because an older sister is willing to give up her exciting job in London England to return to rural Ont a provide care for the family. The father is a "0" who manages to keep his ailing wife forever pregnant. He is the root of the problem and I end up with a strong dislike for such a worthless family man.
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June 1st, 2014
She is one of my favorite authors, I love her characters and her Canada, it is my Canada
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Riveting, as always
February 23rd, 2014
If you have not read Mary Lawson's work, you are missing out. She has a unique storytelling style , as well as writing with vivid detail and insight into the human experience. Everyone of her books has been a single-sitting read for me, and all three hold prominent places in my library.
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