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The Way the Crow Flies (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Ann-Marie MacDonald

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Title:The Way the Crow Flies
Authors:Ann-Marie MacDonald
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A great window into our recent history. A complete novel with great characters, plot and mystery. ( )
  cmasson17 | Dec 5, 2013 |
Precisely 1.5x as long as it could have been. Lesbian U-Haul subplot appreciated but not entirely necessary :) ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
This book brought back many memories of growing up in the 1950's. Even though I was far away from an air base in Canada, the scary bomb drills, the music, the silly fun of little girls, and moms baking cookies were the same in the midwest as well.

I loved the characters and the plot(the resolution to the murder was a surprise for me). The "fast forward" to Madeline as an adult tied everything together so well. Great read -- just be prepared to devote many hours to reading and not getting anything else done because the book is long and one you won't want to put down. ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 16, 2013 |
I picked this book up in the local thrift store, based purely on the cover. Wow. This is such a captivating, and sometimes uncomfortable and disturbing, novel. I really enjoyed it. Especially because you keep getting surprised by the truth behind what you think happened. ( )
  andrearules | May 13, 2013 |
Excellent literature. Amazing symbols (eg butterflies, birds, planes) motifs (eg dogs) multiple themes (eg truth/lies) woven throughout the book. The characters are dynamic, round, and well developed so that you care about them (hate/love). There are enough hints to make you see what the author wants you to see (but does not want to tell you outright) and still many things left to the end.

I love the caricature of the 1950s/60s household: innocence and appearances in the memory of WWII and the face of the Cold War. I love the areas of grey that the author invites you to see. I love the writing style -- descriptive without being narration-heavy, for instance. Also, in the change in story between Parts 3 and 4 there is a shift in the writing that echoes the changes in time and characters -- the characters are older, the world is different, and without being completely different, the voice is also more adult, more mature. Brilliant.

The setting of this story is completely different from [b:Fall on Your Knees|5174|Fall on Your Knees|Ann-Marie MacDonald|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165517999s/5174.jpg|941309] but both books deal with disturbing subject matter. They both are so well written, however, that I still can call them excellent. ( )
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We are doomed to choose, and every choice
may entail an irreparable loss.
-- Isaiah Berlin
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The birds saw the murder.
The sun came out after the war and our world went Technicolor.
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For Madeine McCarthy, high-spirited and eight years old, her family's posting to a quiet air force base near the Canadian-American border is at first welcome, secure as she is in the love of her beautiful mother, and unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in his own web of secrets. The base is host to some intriguing inhabitants, including the unconventional Froelich family, and the odd Mr. March whose power over the children is a secret burden that they carry.
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The Way the Crow Flies, Ann-Marie MacDonald's follow-up novel to her bestselling debut (and Oprah Book Club pick), Fall on Your Knees, opens in 1962 when the McCarthy family moves from Germany to their new home on a Canadian air force base near London, Ontario. Madeleine, eight and already a blossoming comic, is particularly close with her father, Jack, an air force officer. Her loving Acadian mother, Mimi, and older brother Mike round out this family, whose simple goodness reflects the glow of an era that seemed like paradise. But all that is about to change. The Cuban Missile Crisis is looming, and Jack, loyal and gullible, suddenly has an important task to carry out that involves a scientist--a former Nazi--in Canada.

While Jack scrambles to keep his activities hidden from his wife, Madeleine too is learning to keep secrets (about a teacher at school). The Way the Crow Flies is all about the fertility of lies, how one breeds another and another. Although the writing flows with a strong current, the profusion of pop references, especially ad slogans, grows tiresome. The author can, however, capture a lovely image in few words: "The afternoon intensifies. August is the true light of summer" and "yes, the earth is a woman, and her favorite food is corn." At times the story is marvelously compelling, as the mystery of a horrific murder in the fields near the base is unravelled. When events lead to a trial and its outcome, the story peaks, in a conclusion with no easy answers. The last third of the book takes place, for the most part, 20 years later. Here the novel meanders somewhat, losing its ability to captivate with the same intensity. The reader longs to return to the earlier world, which MacDonald has captured in vital detail. --Mark Frutkin, Amazon.ca

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:30 -0400)

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Twenty years after her early-1960s-military father is forced to choose between loyalties in the wake of a local murder, Madeleine begins to understand the case's implication and launches a search for the killer.

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