2021 Booker Prize Longlist: A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

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2021 Booker Prize Longlist: A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

Ago 6, 2021, 11:52 am

This thread is for discussion of A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson. No unhidden spoilers, please.

Ago 10, 2021, 1:24 pm

I'll just cut and paste a blurb from another thread:

I was really excited to see that Lawson had a new book coming out (her first in nearly a decade) and even more excited to see it on this list. Go Canlit! It's about a family living in Northern Ontario in the 70s. The older daughter Rose has run away and now the family is trying to pick up the pieces while they wait for news. Her sister Clara seems to be the most affected by Rose's disappearance as she spends day sitting vigil in the window hoping for a sign. Her one distraction is her promise to the elderly neighbour to watch her cat while Mrs Orchard is in the hospital. The story is told through three different voices; Clara, Mrs Orchard and Liam Kane, a strange man who has moved into Mrs Orchard's home. It's a lovely novel about family and about moving on. I will say that I didn't find it as strong as her other works including Crow Lake.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel. It's an interesting look at a family in crisis and how they interact with themselves and others. If I had to guess, I don't think this will move on to the shortlist - hopefully I'm wrong because Canada.