Crow Lake - Reviews

Every detail in this beautifully written novel rings true, the characters so solid we almost feel their flesh… Stunning.

Quill & Quire

The kind of book that keeps you reading well past midnight; you grieve when it’s over. Then you start pressing it on friends.

The Washington Post

Deep, clear and teeming with life. A lot of readers are going to surrender themselves to the magic of Crow Lake…This is the real thing.

The Globe and Mail

A tribute to the power of old-fashioned storytelling…Lawson’s narrative gift, voiced in quiet, unselfconscious prose that never distracts from the story, is immense.


Darkly unpredictable and compelling… It is a wise book too, saying as much about how we deny our capacity to hurt as about how we deny our ability to help.

The Financial Times

Full of blossoming insights and emotional acuity… a compelling and serious page-turner.

The Observer

A compelling, slow-burning story of a fractured family in the rural ‘badlands’ of northern Ontario, where hardship is mirrored in the landscape and tragedy is never far away.

The Economist

Compulsively readable.

The Globe and Mail

Lawson delivers a potent combination of powerful character writing and gorgeous description of the land. Her sense of pace and timing is impeccable throughout…This is a vibrant and resonant novel by a talented writer whose lyrical, evocative writing invites comparisons to Rick Bass and Richard Ford.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A remarkable novel, utterly gripping… I read it in a single sitting, then I read it again, just for the pleasure of it.

Joanne Harris

A simple and heartfelt account that conveys an astonishing intensity of emotion, almost Proustian in its sense of loss and regret.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A touching meditation on the power of loyalty and loss, on the ways in which we pay our debts and settle old scores, and on what it means to love, to accept, to succeed – and to negotiate fate’s obstacle courses.


Every so often, a novel is so beautifully structured and rivetingly told you want to collar everyone you see and tell them to read it. Mary Lawson’s Crow Lake  is just such a story.

Newark Star-Ledger
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