The Lake of Dreams

The Lake of Dreams

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In this book, the author tells the story of a woman's homecoming, a family secret, and the old house that holds the key to the true legacy of a family. At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. Late one night, as she paces the hallways of her family's rambling lakeside house, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that first appear to be useless curiosities. But soon they reveal a deeper and more complex family past. As Lucy discovers and explores the traces of her lineage from an heirloom tapestry and dusty political tracts to a web of allusions depicted in stained glass windows throughout upstate New York, the family story she has always known is shattered. Lucy's quest for the truth reconfigures her family's history, links her to a unique slice of the suffragette movement, and yields dramatic insights that embolden her to live freely. With surprises at every turn, this is a saga in which every element emerges as a carefully place piece of the puzzle.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022175
0670022179
Branch Call Number: FIC EDWARDS
Characteristics: 384 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm

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123ruth5432
Sep 14, 2016

Really good read. Complicated beginning but good story line and women' history.

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NanCcan
Mar 22, 2015

Complicated story, but well tied together in the end - with some twists I did not even anticipate.
Thought-provoking story about what a woman learns from, and how she becomes inspired by, researching bits of her local history until the story of the past unfolds itself.
I wish I had noticed the Family Tree near the back of the book sooner; it might've helped me sort out who's who in the early pages when we don't know the characters enough to remember them yet (or maybe it's just my brain fog that made that difficult for me!).

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zaire189
Jun 27, 2014

This book made me wonder about my ancestry. Also made me realize that I need to be more appreciative of my country's history. Sometimes we just take advantage of it.

agbookclub2 Jun 17, 2013

The Angus Glen book club read this book and there was mixed reviews. Half finished the book, the other half did not. The story line was good with strong characters and a tied up happy ending. In parts it was a little too wordy and could have been shortened. The themes of family, family history, sufferage, the enivornment and love made the story good. A great follow up to the author's first novel "Memory keeper's daughter".

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maureenemurray
Sep 07, 2012

I rthought it was really well done and enjoyied wit immensly

unbeweaveableNB Jun 18, 2012

A good read. Not a page turner for me, but I did enjoy the mystery that needed to be solved. That kept me reading until the end.

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elinpat
Apr 25, 2012

Enjoyed. Family mystery and tale of small town . Catalogue comments do a good job.

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halgeon
Dec 20, 2011

What a snore-fest. Edwards seems to love the descriptive phrase, when all I was really looking for was a story that grabbed me. I didn't find it.

I rarely give up on books, feeling that I owe it to the author to read to the end; I got to the midpoint of this one and felt I was wasting my time. I returned it to the library, unfinished.

ehbooklover Jul 25, 2011

Slow and steady, this book took a long time to grab me. Descriptive with a wonderfully normal protagonist. Themes of the book focus on families and all the complicated relationships and secrets that they entail, but environmentalism is also touched upon. A very satisfying ending.

rlbecker Jun 27, 2011

Put this on your list if you like a great story. This is well-written and nicely paced. It is a story that will be good for art historians, genealogists, stained-glass lovers, those who like family relationship stories, and small town people. It is a tale about family and includes intrigue, secrets, hopes and dreams, and environmentalism. It takes place in the finger lakes region of New York and just seems like a place you would like to visit. Highly recommended.

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PhyllisMargaret
Apr 27, 2012

At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. In her family's rambling lakeside house, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that reveal a complex family past. As Lucy discovers and explores the traces of her lineage through the discovery of stunning stained glass windows. Lucy's quest for the truth reconfigures her family's history.
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Kim Edwars is the author of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter."

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trj120
Mar 20, 2011

I had high hopes for this one - I heard alot of good things about it. I tried and tried, but just couldn't make it even half way through. Pretty slow.

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Jun 12, 2012

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