Other Side of the Bridge, TheLawson, Mary
Set against the backdrop of northern Ontario's haunting landscapes, The Other Side of the Bridge opens with an unforgettable image of Arthur and Jake Dunn, two brothers whose jealousies will take them beyond the edge of reason, to a deadly point of no return. The sons of a farmer, growing up in the 1930s when a beautiful young woman named Laura moves into their community, she unwittingly propels their sibling rivalry to its breaking point.
Comments from GroupsMajority of our group really enjoyed this book. Characters we could relate to. Good picture of rural life. Would recommend to other groups. Rawene 001 All enjoyed the book, particularly the evocative and descriptive writing. One member felt it was a 'small' story which led to a lively discussion as to [the] importance of family, life and death. May be on a small domestic scale, but is still huge - and events in the novel set against big events - Depression and World War2. Whitianga 001 We enjoyed the book and it created lots of discussion. It was great that it was written from a male perspective. The epilogue worked as an ending to tie everything together. It was very readable - took a bit to get into, but well worth persevering. Ashburton 013 This book was well received by all the members - that does not often happen. Great characterisation - excellent descriptions and we learned much too. .... Otautau 001 Unanimous approval of this book - one of our best reads. Gave a very good picture of life in a small community. Very well written. Christchurch 108 This was a great source of pleasure for almost all our members, who were impressed by the characterisation of the boys and young men and the way in which the author wove the themes that she had created. The only critical comments that arose in discussion were the negative portraits of the mothers, and the lack of development of the racist implications in Peter's inclusion as a significant part of the interactions...Palmerston North 002 Most enjoyed the book, and liked the Canadian setting - learning something about that country and their contribution in the War. A great depiction of characters - and some good twists and turns! Mana 001 Our group loved this book. The small details of a young man growing up were strung together in a way to expand on what could otherwise have been a very ordinary story. Christchurch 357 All enjoyed the book; fine descriptions of relationships between men and boys, siblings and parents. When set in a small remote town, this emphasises the acute differences and the way each person reacts to the other. Recommended! Masterton 005 This book was well received. Some people found it a little difficult to get into, but generally everyone enjoyed it, particularly her descriptions of the characters and the way she dealt with Canada's side of WW2. Our group found the lake scenes very real and could easily imagine being there. On average it received an 8/10, and everyone is looking forward to reading more of her work. Whitianga 002 Everyone loved the book - unanimous!! Some have read her other 2 books and recommended them. In fact, one member brought Crow Lake along to be passed around the group. We loved the notes! Timaru 007