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Title: Town Called Solace, A
Authors: Lawson, Mary
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 288
Year: 2021
Language: English
Description: Clara's sister is missing. Angry, rebellious Rose, had a row with their mother, stormed out of the house and simply disappeared. Eight-year-old Clara, isolated by her distraught parents' efforts to protect her from the truth, is grief-stricken and bewildered.

Liam Kane, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small northern town, moves into the house next door, a house left to him by an old woman he can barely remember and within hours gets a visit from the police. It seems he's suspected of a crime.

At the end of her life Elizabeth Orchard is thinking about a crime too, one committed thirty years ago that had tragic consequences for two families and in particular for one small child. She desperately wants to make amends before she dies.

Set in Northern Ontario in 1972, A Town Called Solace explores the relationships of these three people brought together by fate and the mistakes of the past. By turns gripping and darkly funny, it uncovers the layers of grief and remorse and love that connect us, but shows that sometimes a new life is possible. [Taken from book cover, Vintage Books]


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Much of the success of this novel lies in the author's ability to accurately enter the minds of a seven year-old child, a 35 year old man, and an 80 year old woman."

"Another lovely Mary Lawson book. The reader is drawn into the story and cares about the lives of the characters."

"Easy to read and well crafted."

"The author has an empathetic way with each character and gives them their own voice to tell the story."

"The book elicits sympathy for each character, major and minor."

"The element of mystery is well-sustained throughout."

"The mundane, unremarkable, daily happenings of a small remote town are told lovingly."

Categories: Fiction, Mystery, Relationships, Canada, 2023 Titles - Coming Soon

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