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Eye Lake by Tristan Hughes
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May 19, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from May 13 to 16, 2012

I have never read Tristan Hughes before, but now will definitely seek out his other books. This story was about the quintessential small wilderness town where everyone knows everyone else and losses are shared by everyone. First of all, I loved the voice of the narrator, Eli. Deprived of oxygen during his difficult birth, Eli may not verbally express himself clearly to the other characters but certainly notices and describes everything to the reader in rich sensual detail. He sees relationships simply but describes the environment engaging all the senses and his use of unique metaphors add delectable tangibility to the scenes.

The stories of the characters are told in time together, entwining several disappearances across decades and demonstrating the relationships in a close knit and isolated community. A unique history of the town is combined with realistic characters and a beautiful wilderness setting around a displaced lake, altogether making a captivating read. By the end of the book I could not put it down.

ps to the editors, there is a random string of "mmmm"s on page 100, top line.

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