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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards: Book Review

The Lake of Dreams
by Kim Edwards
ISBN: 978-0-670-02217-5
Published: January 4, 2011

Description: With revelations that prove as captivating as the deceptions at the heart of her bestselling phenomenon The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards now gives us the story of a woman's homecoming, a family secret, and the old house that holds the key to the true legacy of a family. At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. Late one night, as she paces the hallways of her family's rambling lakeside house, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that first appear to be useless curiosities, but soon reveal a deeper and more complex family past. As Lucy discovers and explores the traces of her lineage00from an heirloom tapestry and dusty political tracts to a web of allusions depicted in stained-glass windows throughout upstate New York-the family story she has always known is shattered, Lucy's quest for the truth reconfigures her family's history, links her to a unique slice of the suffragette movement, and yields dramatic insights that embolden her to live freely.

The Good Stuff
  • Wonderful realistic characters
  • Author really understands the inner workings of a family and its dynamics
  • I really understood Lucy's need to understand about her family history
  • Fascinating information and history and the portrayal of women in organized religion
  • Loved the character of the priest Suzi and her conversations with Keegan.  If she was real, I would actually go to church
  • I was totally engrossed in the mystery of Rose and Iris and I think I wanted to find out the truth as much as Lucy did.
  • A truly fascinating tale and history lesson all in one
  • Beautifully written, author has some serious talent. Must go get me a copy of The Memory Keepers Daughter
  • I really enjoyed all the information about the suffragette movement and realized even more how grateful all of us women should be for what those women fought for
  • I could definitely see this one being made into a movie
The Not so Good Stuff
  • It was hard to get into at first. I struggled at first, but am glad I did, as it ends up being a fantastic book
  • Would have liked a family tree or a who's who at the front of the book for my mommy addled brain to remember who was who and where they fit into the family
  • Honestly I would have taken out some of the dream sequences but dammit I am a Mom I need things to pick up the pace more -- that's just me though -- nothing against the author -- it was just one of those irritating things to me.
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"In those days God seemed as silent as my father, as angry as my uncle, as distant as the portrait of my great-grandfather in the hall; when I closed my eyes, those were the gazes I felt, and I was always nervous."

"This history, told through Rose's eyes, didn't seem very far away, and it made me wonder how my own life would have unfolded if I hadn't been abler to study or work or even know the most basic facts about my body.  A difficult history was hidden beneath my independence, like the ruins of the factories beneath the tranquil surface of this water. The rights I took for granted seemed suddenly very new, measured against the centuries."

"Close-up , their lives were as complex and chaotic as my own, full of mistakes and disappointments and good intentions gone awry."

What I Learned
  • A crap load of information on the history of women and their portrayal in organized religion  -- truly fascinating stuff
  • Tons of facts and history about the suffragette movement -- and how glad I didn't grow up in that era. I would totally have been jailed too!!
  • That I would love to know more about my ancestors and how they lived and their emotions. Damn why couldn't either side of my family been good at keeping journals!
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Those who need plenty of excitement and romance might not get into this one
  • Anyone interested in the suffragette movement or the portrayal of women in religion will love this
  • Really almost anyone will enjoy this as long as they give it a chance
  • This is not a light read so if you are looking for something on the  light and fluffy side, this ain't it. Not that their is anything wrong with light and fluffy - since I also enjoy those types of books, just more of an FYI
4 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

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