The Lake of Dreams

The Lake of Dreams

Book - 2011
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From Kim Edwards, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter , an arresting novel of one family's secret history

Imbued with all the lyricism, compassion, and suspense of her bestselling novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter , Kim Edwards's The Lake of Dreams is a powerful family drama and an unforgettable story of love lost and found.

Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family's past, one that will radically change her--and the future of her family--forever.

The Lake of Dreams will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper's Daughter , as well as fans of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2011
ISBN: 9780670022175
Branch Call Number: EDW
Characteristics: 384 p. :,geneal. table ;,24 cm


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Feb 23, 2019

WOW! This book is amazing! It is one of those rare books that is so compelling to read, the ending is sad because the reading is at a conclusion. This book is lovely, lyrical and moving without resorting to cheap tear-jerking tricks.
This book is like a complex person: an onion of deepening layers, but this has a grounding core. I looked up many topics I was unfamiliar with and found many were grounded in truth including the rare white Seneca deer. I would love to share this with a mature audience who could relate to its themes of history, inter-generational relations, art, nature, and mysticism.
Kim Edwards is best known for her book, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, but I so preferred the short story collection The Secrets of a Fire King, that I bought it to read to my husband.
Kim Edwards is now my favorite current fiction author. I am glad she kept growing as a writer after her bestselling Memory Keeper's Daughter.

This story really drew me in, despite being slow moving with lengthy descriptive passages. Lucy Jarrett returns to her family home to help out when her mother is injured, and learns that her mother is ready to sell the big old house on the lake and her brother is getting involved with their uncle in a housing development on the land. Lucy finds some old papers & needlework that suggest a link with the early suffragette movement in New York. She searches her family history for the story behind these items, exposing painful family secrets. The life story of an ancestor named Rose inspires Lucy to let go of her own past, make peace with her family, and move on with her life. (submitted by LL)

Sep 14, 2016

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

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!).

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.

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".

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.

Apr 25, 2012

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

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.

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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.
Kim Edwars is the author of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter."

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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