Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Lake of Dreams

I think it's such a strange coincidence that just the other day at work we were talking about "cultural resources". A gal at work had just went to a training and she was talking about how they had went to a site,  and she had found a few Indian bones. At this point the biologist that works in the same room said he had some photos of things he had found on a job site. He pulled up the pictures on his computer and we talked about the arrow head and piece of skull he had found. I asked what they did with them and he said they just rebury them because it takes so much to preserve them, and how the Indian's really don't like the artifacts moved anyways, since essentially you are digging up someone's Grandpa.

Then I read this book, which centers so much on where we come from, who walked the same land that we walked, and how we need to preserve what has been left behind.

Crazy coincidence.

Here's a bit about the book from Goodreads

With revelations that prove as captivating as the deceptions at the heart of her bestselling phenomenon The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards now gives us 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 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, brimming with vibrant detail, The Lake of Dreams is an arresting saga in which every element emerges as a carefully place piece of the puzzle that's sure to enthrall the millions of readers who loved The Memory Keeper's Daughter. 

I totally loved this book. The beginning is a little slow but it's just the set up of information needed to fulfill the full story. I think the fact that I live along the river, I work in a conservation office (although we hardly have time to do more than sprinklers and dairy ponds lately) and that my husband and children are walking around carrying some Indian blood in their veins totally contributes to my feelings about it.

Have you read this book? How about her other book, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter"? Pin It

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