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The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Aug 30, 2007

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Recommended for: Anyone interested in a Cold-War mystery with a Feminist Twist
Read in June, 2007

Overall, I have to say I enjoyed this novel. I read this 800+ page tome by Canadian author and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald in about a week of a vacation in Mexico. The mystery was engrossing and she crafted an intricate page-turner of a story. The parallel themes of the hypocritical political maneuvers of the US and Canada after WWII and the hypocrisy of 1950s suburban life were interesting and, at times, very realistic. She covered a number of historical events that are not often discussed and I appreciated this. Her language, at times, could be a bit off-putting, though. It felt too self-aware and superfluous. Some the details are indeed crucial to the story, but a number of details were unnecessary and I felt as if the author were simply fluffing her literary feathers.

Overall, I recommend this book - it's a good, fairly fast read with interesting overlapping stories, characters and themes.
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