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A Story of Family Dynamics in Small Town.
on December 18, 2009
Crow Lake is a study of family dynamics in a small town in Northern Ontario. After their parents are killed in a car accident, four siblings must learn to cope with their small town enviornment and with each other.
The book examines the plight of a family and what happens when tragedy strikes. Each sibling deals with their grief after the death of their parents and in the process they learn about themselves. The book's main theme is that our history shapes us into who we become as adults. It also tells us that not everything in life works out perfectly as planned and that we must cope with disappointments in life and move forward. For it is when we move forward that we learn that we are forever connected to our past. It also tells us that we must not dwell on the past, otherwise our relationships get stuck there and do not move forward in a healthy way. We must live and let live and realize that other people's choices in life, may not be our own and we need to accept that. More than anything else this book is a story of survival against all odds and how important our relationships are with our family.
Well the book is well-written and a good story, it is not the best book I have ever read. Although the interpersonal relationships are examined well between the siblings, it is not a great or brilliant study of these relationships. There is just something missing that prevents the book from being great rather than good.
Also, the ending is a little disappointing as I feel it could have had a greater impact by summing up the four siblings emotional bonds to one another. However the author chose to be more subtle in the book's ending.
All in all though, a good read.