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The Lake of Dreams av Kim Edwards
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The Lake of Dreams (utgåvan 2011)

av Kim Edwards

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:The Lake of Dreams
Författare:Kim Edwards
Info:Penguin Books (2011), Paperback, 416 pages
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Not as good as her 1st book but I would still recommend the title. ( )
  IngNorris | Oct 16, 2021 |
There was interesting comments about women trying to get their rights in the 1900s, nice descriptions of making glass windows and living by a lake but the whole book dragged through too many subplots to make it a good read. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
While I enjoyed MKD a lot years ago, I found this to be a distinctly different novel. So I don't think comparisons are necessary, or appropriate at all. Why on earth should an author's second novel be exactly like her first, in any way.....? Weird, the reviews I've seen around here.

This is a beautiful and moving story about how our history impacts both our future and our past. It's about how Art transcends time. And about love. As how Lucy searches the past for her lost family member, she then finds herself.

The characters are deep and well developed. I thought the story advanced at a good pace, and I was not bored at all. For a while, the basic plot seems like one you have read a dozen times before, but then the plot twists and the main character grows. I hated to put the book down as the writing by the author is so deep and descriptive. The story itself features multiple layers and symbolism and is easy to follow as history intwines with the present. The way the stories mirror each other is very well done. There are secrets revealed all the way up to the end, even when you think there are lose ends to tied up. The author clearly did tons of research on these subjects, and her varied interests create believable, relatable, lively and unexpected characters. This complex, multigenerational story also incorporates the present dilemmas of land use and water conservation. It is a celebration of Mother Earth, and all her creatures.

Woven into this story is the history of women's rights, and how hard they had to be fought for, sometimes with tooth and nail. And why we should not take them for granted, especially today. Women should remember what it was like before there were laws to our rights, for our own bodies. And we should take full advantage of our rights to vote to protect women in the future, instead of allowing them to be eroded.

Meanwhile, read this novel! Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did. And not pick it to death as others have done..... 5 stars.
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  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
I really loved THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER and maybe I had my hopes up too much for this one by the same author. It was a good story, but dragged in parts. I read the paperback, which came out in 2011, and already some of the tech references are old, something to watch when writing a contemporary piece. Most of the mysteries were solved, but not the one about the stolen chalice, which got one vague line in the epilogue. (Don't worry, it's not a spoiler alert; didn't have much to do with the story anyway.) Overall, it's a nice summer read. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Jun 17, 2019 |
The plot dragged in the book and the fact that only in the last 50 pages it's really unfolds made it difficult for me to love the book.
All in all, a light book but no more than that. ( )
  AvrahamDavid | Feb 7, 2019 |
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Her fans won't be disappointed with her second novel. Though a little long-winded and too heavily metaphorical at times, The Lake of Dreams is as enchanting as her first novel...Edwards' emphasis on metaphors and symbolism does slow the story down. Readers may also notice that the characters' dialogue tends to be overly long and detailed, so not always realistic. She also relies too heavily on coincidence and luck in her plot. But in the final analysis, this novel is a dream.

 
Kim Edwards has, in fact, done it again, riveting us to her story. And if one can take issue at all with the book, it would be a need to carp over the touches of political correctness that pervade each of her characters! This tendency in the author’s delineations does take from them a certain credibility. It tells us as well that Edwards, while a natural in the telling of a tale, has yet to learn that characters are wholly convincing when they act within a story’s limits and not by advertising their “green” credentials, “do-goodism” or socially-minded intentions. Nor, are “bad guys” necessarily defined by those who would change the landscape, build towering buildings, or profit by their enterprise..Even so, Edward’s The Lake of Dreams is a notable contribution and a worthy successor to her first novel.
 
Edwards’s pen has a wanderlust, a restlessness that propels the narrative from past to present and from New York City to England and Jakarta. The novel is rich in historical detail, clearly the fruit of decent research into early New York feminist circles...This is both a good and a bad thing. Though Edwards has a trademark ability to spin a good yarn, the plot often snags and drags as its distracting tangents multiply.....And while The Memory Keeper’s Daughter got page-turning power from a shocking premise, Edwards seems almost determined to keep her new tale from being too implausible. In the process, she has denied it some spark....
The Lake of Dreams is a kind of mystery novel of the self, about a woman caught in the undertow of history. It may not have the blockbuster potential of Edwards’s first book, but it grips in a quieter, gentler way.

 
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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.

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