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Adam Craig, a forty year-old stock trader in Chicago, finds his marriage teetering on the rocks and his life at a standstill. Desperate and on the edge of personal collapse, Adam takes the advice of a therapist and travels to his childhood family compound on Black Bear Lake with hopes of making peace with his past. Stepping onto the northern Wisconsin property, he relives ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 14th 2014 by CreateSpace
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Lynda Dickson
May 25, 2014 Lynda Dickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 14+
Adam can't commit to having a baby with his wife Julie. With his marriage on the line, his therapist Dr Marchand thinks it's time he confronts his past. So Adam travels back to Brown Bear Lake where a life-changing incident occurred twenty-five years earlier in 1983, when he was fifteen.

We are taken back to a month-long vacation with his extended Polish-Italian family, including Adam's distant cousin Dannie. We are treated to an idyllic summer filled with family, good food, drinking, clever pran
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Meg
Aug 30, 2016 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Bear Lake by Leslie Liautaud is almost a 1980s period piece, full off cassettes and feathered hair, told in an extended flashback to a family vacation when he was growing up. Adult Adam is looking back on the summer that changed everything, the issues he won’t talk with his wife about, the reason he’s in therapy exploring his past, so even as he describes an idyllic summer on the family lakeside, I couldn’t help worrying that each new page would be the event was the Very Bad Thing.

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Angelle
May 11, 2014 Angelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you can't get over things in you past, life will consume you and make you miserable but if you let it go and move on does that mean you are forgetting? Sometimes holding onto things only makes life worse. Will Adam ever be able to put his past behind him and live for today with the woman he loves or will his past consume him?
This was a great story of love and loss. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to read.
Linda
Nov 02, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
Good Read author, Leslie Liautaud, has written a wonderful book called, "Black Bear Lake". It is the story of a man, Adam, whose life is changed forever by events that happened when he was 15. The events affected him so deeply that he now finds his marriage in trouble. Until he is able to move past 1983, he is destined to live a lonely life. The majority of this book takes place in August 1983. It is beautifully written. I give it 5 stars!
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When I first saw the title I immediately imagined a place I went camping as a child. Close to the same name. Anyways this was a good read. It pulled me in and kept my attention for most of the book. A definite read during anytime of the year.
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Leslie Liautaud is the author of Midnight Waltzes (2006), He Is Us (2008), The Wreck (2009), SALIGIA (2011), The Mansion (2012) and A Midsummer Night's Dream:The Millennial Edition (2012). She is also the author of the coming-of-age novel, Black Bear Lake (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014).

Leslie is originally from Kansas City, MO where she worked in the performing arts. Currently, she div
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