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How a Woman Becomes a Lake

Marjorie Celona



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Little Brown
10 March 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
A compelling literary mystery about the dark corners in a small community from an acclaimed novelist which asks: what do you do when the people who are supposed to love you the most fail?

It's New Year's Day and the residents of a small fishing town are ready to start their lives anew. Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake to write resolutions on paper boats. That same frigid morning, Vera sets out for a walk with her dog along the lake, leaving her husband in bed with a hangover.

But she never returns. She places a call to the police saying she's found a boy in the woods, but the call is cut short by a muffled cry. Did one of Leo's sons see Vera? What are they hiding from the police? And why are they so scared of their own father?

In the months ahead, Vera's absence sets off a chain of reverberating events in Whale Bay. Her apathetic husband succumbs to grief and disappears. Leo heads south and remarries, attempting to escape the history of violence that hangs over his family. And the cop investigating the case falls for Leo's ex-wife but finds himself slipping further away from the truth.

Told from shifting perspectives, HOW A WOMAN BECOMES A LAKE is about childhood, familial bonds, new beginnings, and costly mistakes.
By:   Marjorie Celona
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   359g
ISBN:   9780349011356
ISBN 10:   0349011354
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   10 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marjorie Celona's debut novel, Y, won France's Grand Prix Litteraire de l'Heroine and was nominated for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Marjorie has published work in the O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Southern Review, Harvard Review, Sunday Times, and elsewhere. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Marjorie teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Oregon.

Reviews for How a Woman Becomes a Lake

A thriller with stunning writing and real honesty about grief - Stella Duffy

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