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Lake People

2.93  ·  Rating details ·  290 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
A haunting, luminous debut novel set in a small New Hampshire town: the story of the crisscrossing of lives, within and without family, and of one woman, given up for adoption as a baby, searching for the truth about her life.

As an infant, Alice Thorton was discovered in Kettleborough, New Hampshire, in a boathouse by the lake; adopted by a young, childless couple; raised
ebook, 224 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
My husband and I lived for three glorious years in New Hampshire. We spent our weekends driving throughout the beautiful state and marveling at its splendor. Being outsiders, we sometimes laughed as we passed a beautiful mansion in the woods only to discover that the next residence was a trailer with a micro bus welded to the side for an extra room. Just like New Hampshire is full idiosyncratic features, Lake People by Abi Maxwell is an unusual, delightful and peculiar novel.

Maxwell writes a stu
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since I have read a novel by a new author whose book moved me as much as Abi Maxwell's Lake People. The only reason I read it is because we are reading together in a bookstore next month. (This is troubling because I would have needed to have gone to a well stocked bookstore or library and browsed, and who knows if I would have took it home to read?) It is a very, very good book. It seems every word is weighed, considered, and selected to tell a story of multiple generati ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
This was a strange book through and through. Parts engaged me deeply, other bits and I floated off. I liked it well enough. It is certainly different. It was broken in a way too because of the stories within the story... I am still absorbing this one. I particularly liked the aunt that floated in the lake, which I don't want to write of in detail because it would gave away her story.
Travis Fortney
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, which you can find here:


Growing up in the Midwest (in Medina, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland), I always held an exaggerated view of life on the East Coast. Which means I considered all of New England to be a a wide-lawned suburb of New York City, full of liberal-mided folks who descended from rich landowners that came over on the Mayflower. I could go on describing this dream New England, but you probably get
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-fic, not-for-me
This book really failed to capture my interest. If it was any longer than its brief 210 pages, I would not have finished it. It was just dull and the chapters were so disconnected from each other that the book never had a smooth flow or rhythm to it. Perhaps if the chapters were richer in detail they could stand on their own as short stories, but as they were, each one felt more like a muted vignette. Though the setting played perhaps the largest role in the “novel” none of the chapters felt ful ...more
Devin Engle
Complicated yet interesting! This is a book that will take me some time to process. The storyline requires some patience because it follows multiple generations and skips around a bit, but it does so for good reason. Some parts left me feeling confused, and yet others seemed to have great, even if painful, insight into human behavior. If I were more spiritual and "believing" I think I would have enjoyed the book even more. I think I need to read tis book again to fully grasp the weight of it bec ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this little surprise of a book. Read the premise and thought it sounded interesting (and won a copy on here, thank you Knopf!) but I didn't realize how much I'd fall in love with this place. There's a rotating cast of characters that, while hard to keep straight at times, are all interconnected in a way only a small town can do. The lake is the main character though, and her influence permeates the entire novel and seeps into every character's story. Maxwell's writing is lyrical and some ...more
Kerstin Ahlgren
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lake People captures many aspects of New Hampshire perfectly for me - the undercurrent of class in friendships and interactions, the collective memory of a mourning small town, the magical thinking that comes with spending more time in nature than with other people, and the secrets that divide New England families.

Add to that beautiful writing, intriguing characters, and mysteries that you want resolved, and you have one of my favorite books ever.
I'm calling it. I'm almost 1/2 way through and I just can't bring myself to finish. I kept going back and forth with this book. Was it good/interesting weird, or was it just wtf weird? Well, it's why-the-face weird. The writing itself was good and I would probably read something else by this author.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book explored characters in a subtle way, shone a light on an environment with beautiful details and was a haunting story. Loved it.
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