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The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Jul 26, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in December, 2005

straight at the heart

The Way the Crow Flies is a big, big novel and the author's literary genius shines from every page.

I was drawn into the book by Ms. MacDonald's transparent, vernacular prose style, reminiscent of Ken Kesey or Stephen King at their best, and her gorgeously poetic scenery. But it was the sensitive characterizations that hooked me. Night after night as I read the book, my dreams were infiltrated by concern for the members of the McCarthy and Froelich families.

It would be easy to describe The Way the Crow Flies as a description of the corrosive effects of secrecy, violence, abuse, and betrayal. Or as an exorcism of the ghosts of the cold war. But the book's real lesson is that while acknowledging evil and ugliness in our past we can still love those people and that time.

If like me you've begun to doubt the possibility of excellence in modern English literature, you need to read this book.
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