Road Ends

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  • Title: Road Ends
  • Author: Mary Lawson
  • ISBN: 9780345808080
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover

[PDF] Road Ends | by ✓ Mary Lawson, Road Ends, Mary Lawson, Road Ends 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 nHe listened as their vo [PDF] Road Ends | by ✓ Mary Lawson - Road Ends, Road Ends 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
  • [PDF] Road Ends | by ✓ Mary Lawson
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Road Ends

About Author

  1. Mary Lawson born 1946 is a Canadian novelist.Born in southwestern Ontario, she spent her childhood in Blackwell, Ontario located between Sarnia and Brights Grove and is a distant relative of L M Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables.Lawson moved to England after graduating from McGill University with a psychology degree in 1968 She also married in Ontario, has two grown up sons and now lives in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey Her three novels to date, both published by Knopf Canada were set in Northern Ontario.

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  1. 4 stars Lawson s one of my favorites, she nails the typical Canadian novel unsentimental, bit bleak, full of soul searching dysfunctional people coping as best they can, a rural setting taking centre stage Her third novel and they re all pretty great, a Lawson quote I am in love with that landscape it shows Everything monochrome, shades of white and grey Snake fences tacking their way down the edges of the fields, every rung neatly capped with snow Dark, snow laden trees beyond the fields Sky a [...]


  2. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the opportunity to read this book I wanted to read this book because Crow Lake was one of those books where the author takes you so completely to the place where the story lies and lets you climb inside the heads of her characters I was not disappointed in Mary Lawson s latest novel.In a small town in Canada we find a family in trouble These sad, broken people are seriously falling apart Emily, the mother seems not quite in tune with anything or anyone ex [...]


  3. For the first part of this book, I found myself shaking my head, trying to direct character s actions ands begging some of them to please open their eyes Then I realized Lawson had hooked me again, made the characters so realistic that I felt like I knew them and could offer them advice Families, large families, all families at times so incredibly complicated.My impatience lessened somewhat, in the second half, as we are taken further into their backstories My sympathy remained with little Adam, [...]


  4. The setting is the tiny fictional town of Straun, Ontario It is the dead of winter, and there is something amiss in the Cartwright household Although Mother and Father and grown son are on the premises, there is not a responsible adult between the three of them After years of efficiently managing the home and mothering her seven brothers, big sister Megan has finally left and moved to London to start her own life Things fall to pieces in her absence Some of the most important decisions in life a [...]


  5. 3.5 stars I so wanted to love this book but somehow it just didn t touch me like her previous 2 books It was all there, but I just felt like I was on the fringes of the story and didn t really feel a connection to the characters I still love Mary Lawson s writing and will definitely continue to read whatever else she writes, but for me this was a disappointment.


  6. 3.5 Stars This very enjoyable story is narrated by 3 different members of the Cartwright family all beautifully drawn but flawed characters Edward, the father of 8 children, is a remote and reluctantly married figure constantly isolated in his study in order to disassociate from his family Tom, the eldest son, abandoned his dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer after the suicide death of his best friend and he now runs the town s snowplow And finally there s Meg, the only daughter and the [...]


  7. Road Ends by Mary Larson is set in Struan a fictional town in the North of Canada and revels the story of the intricacies and anguish of family life and how we face tragedy and the pull of responsibilities of family life.I liked this novel but couldn t help wishing that I had read the author s first novel called Crow Lake and while Road Ends is a standalone novel there was references in the story that probably made sense if you had read the first novel by this author I have been told that there [...]


  8. Megan Cartwright leaves her parents and numerous brothers I lost count to find a new life in England Her new life isn t at all what she expected, at least not until opportunity knocks Her family is not the same without her amazing organizational skills, and they soon realize that the mother of the clan basically just wants to have and care for babies Mother is steadily slipping away absolutely gaga over babies and clueless about everything else The oldest, Tom, has already slipped off mentally f [...]


  9. Mary Lawson s third novel focuses on the Cartwright family parents and eight children It is narrated from three perspectives Edward, the father Tom, the eldest son and Megan, the only daughter Edward, the town s bank manager, hides in his study reading about cities he dreams of visiting and ignoring the family that is disintegrating around him Tom, in the depths of a guilt ridden depression because of the death of a friend, has abandoned his career as an aeronautical engineer and seeks only soli [...]


  10. This is an amazing novel I don t know how Mary Lawson s work passed me by Her writing is so textured, her characters so developed, and the plot so poignant I read this book in one day, staying up half the night to finish it It is that good.The novel is written in three voices Megan, Tom, and Edward Megan is the only daughter in a family of eight sons who live in northern Ontario in a small town called Struan Megan s mother is barely functional and she lives solely to have children She loses her [...]


  11. Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.So goes the opening line of Anna Karenina But it could as easily apply to the Cartwright family seven living sons and one daughter in the fictional town of Struan, near Crow Lake, in the backwoods of northern Ontario at the end of the 1960s.The narrative shifts between three family members patriarch Edward written in the first person , who is curiously absent from his family life Tom, the eldest son and drifter, who aban [...]


  12. This is a story about a whole family of people at the end of their roads afraid of their own thoughts, mired in dysfunction, unable to communicate with each other or anybody else Yet there s unexpected humor imagine a Canadian Long Day s Journey into Night with laughs Lawson s creation of place a fictional town in snow blanketed Northern Ontario, Canada, and London, England, in the 1960s is stunning and visceral Chapters alternate between first person and third the father of the family speaks fo [...]


  13. Nearly 4.5 Contrasting rural Canada and London in the 1960s, Lawson s third novel is a powerful story about how people deal with a way of life ending She creates a perfect balance between her two plot strands, and the evocation of both locations is flawless, perhaps because they have autobiographical worth for her she grew up on a farm in Ontario but moved to England in 1968 One remarkable thing about the novel is how she traces every decision back to a traumatic event in a character s past.The [...]


  14. I remembered reading Lawson s Crow Lake, and remembered it fondly, though the story itself and any of its details had long gone the way of things tucked into dark corners of my brain As I read this, however, it became apparent that this was set in the same region of The North and that perhaps, just perhaps, there were some of the same characters Now that I ve finished this one, I looked back at the description of that one and, sure enough, Lawson has drawn from the same well This one takes place [...]


  15. Maybe I expected too much, having so enjoyed the first two Mary Lawson books immensely, but Road Ends did not work consistently for me The problem lies in the characters most of the family members whose lives are the focus of this novel are highly dysfunctional, so much so that they seem like caricatures The one normal person in the group, the daughter, Megan, is incredibly naive Such extreme people make it difficult for the reader to relate to or believe them.Some portions of the novel transcen [...]


  16. This book is a gift from Mary Lawson, tied with a ribbon that threads together both Crow Lake andThe Other Side of the Bridge What a pleasure this was to read


  17. I want to give this book stars, because the author is clearly talented and I would like to read of her work before judging her completely However, this particular book enraged me SPOILERS AHEAD I spent a very large part of the time it took to read this book angry at the lack of depth given to the female characters, and the fact that their very purpose in the storylines seems solely to add drama and fill the empty bits of the male characters POV chapters I find it odd that the author spends ver [...]


  18. A well told look at one family s story of life in the early 60s in small town Canada The trials and tribulations are not unusual or of great magnitude, but they struck a chord with me that is still echoing Nicely written.


  19. ROAD ENDSMary LawsonMs Lawson became a literary hero for me after reading her first novel, CROW LAKE I can t tell you how many times I have recommended the book Her magnificent writing and her depth of compassion for the complex and achingly real character is true genius in literature.The novel takes place in a small town in Canada near Crow Lake with a cold desolate landscape that adds to the bleakness of the story, and the depression depicted in some of the characters This is a family deeply i [...]


  20. I received Road Ends as a First Reads giveaway Having read Mary Lawson s other books, I was excited to delve into her newest one The writing is so clearly descriptive that it is easy to see in your mind, the fictitious village of Struan as well London England The story is told in three voices Edward, And Tom and Megan, two of Edward s children Although the three voices are obviously intertwined, Megan s story could stand on it s own, and was the voice I most wanted to hear.Initially I despised t [...]


  21. Mary Lawson seems to have lost her magic touch in this her third novel set in Struan, Northern Ontario Family life is once again played out against the bleak landscape of this remote region, where the characters struggle with disappointments, suppressed longings and wasted lives I wanted so much to love this book as I loved her previous novels, the wonderful Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge and was looking forward to meeting up again with some of the characters that so memorably popula [...]


  22. After reading Crow Lake, I could not wait to immerse myself in the lives of her characters again, and Road Ends did not disappoint Mary has a knack for walking in the grey areas of life s realities with grace and simplicity She shows the pain of responsibility, the inescapable harshness of love and the sorrow of disappointment in a beautiful way I love how she writes about small town life, too Brilliant writing, a real treat for those cozy nights when it s just you and her words.


  23. Not quite 5 stars, but mighty close I blew through this baby in less than 12 hours.Review to come


  24. Review also found at kristineandterri 2I received this ARC as part of a giveaway in exchange for an honest review This was an interesting read for me and I fear I will not do the book justice in my review This book at it s core is about family, tragedy, inner ghosts and how things can fall apart when you are not looking The story is centralized around the Cartwright family and told from the perspective of Edward the father, Tom the son and Megan the daughter Edward His storyline is centered arou [...]


  25. Haven t filed a book on my Most Memorable Reads shelf in awhile but this one definitely deserved to be there so file it I did Mary Lawson is a brilliant author First Crow Lake fabulous, then The Other Side of the Bridge amazing and now Road Ends the best of the three This book, like her others, brings with it such a powerful sense of time and place and psyche of the main characters that you feel you ve grown up in and lived in northern Ontario your whole life and know these characters like they [...]


  26. Dysfunctional large family in Northern Ontario with only 1 daughter who holds energy, ambition, and fortitude And she has a plan That s the basics of the book Her plan, how it plays out, and if she eventually chooses obligation or inclination There are sections in her father s and her oldest brother Tom s voices in between her own It also skips time frames and reverts to earlier months on occasion That did not bother me, and that particular method worked for nuance and reaction awareness, both f [...]


  27. This story is told from the perspective of the three main characters Meg who finally leaves home to pursue a life of her own after taking care of her broken family, Tom the oldest brother who is suffering from guilt and depression, and Edward the father who is unable to take charge of his family and shuts himself away in his office with his books and hopes of traveling It is the story of a household falling apart with each member going their separate way while living under the same roof I have t [...]


  28. I am so fond of Mary Lawson s writing CROW LAKE, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE that I ordered ROAD ENDS from a bookstore in Canada The book will not be published in the U.S until the Spring of 2014.The settings are Northern Ontario and London during the 1960 s, although there are important historical veins to the mining times in Ontario in the early 1900 s The characters and their development make for a fascinating read How do we let go of a crippling childhood When do we know where home is Do we [...]


  29. It is always a pleasure to start reading a book by Mary Lawson She takes you to small town Ontario, Canada and her focus is always on the people In this book there are 3 main characters Edward, the Dad, who feels trapped in his current life and is searching for answers in his past Tom, the eldest son, who had a brilliant career ahead of him and also the chance of escape from small town Struan, until a tragedy struck Megan, the eldest daughter, who after being the surrogate mother for so many yea [...]


  30. Good novel, good character development and story telling The father and brothers drove me crazy because I m a mom and I don t know how you can turn such a blind eye to a house that s digesting and dirty and a 4 year old who is being neglectedat made me nuts, but I think it was supposed to, and was indicative of the serious issues each character had, and how self absorbed they were I enjoyed Megan s character of course I look forward to reading this writer s other books, and love that they all ta [...]


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