NEW FANS: It will be eight years since Mary Lawson last published a novel, and this superb, brilliantly paced, timely new work, which feels so fresh and surprising, will be a revelation to a whole new generation of readers.
OLD FANS: A Town Called Solace is also quintessential Mary Lawson, and as strong as her huge bestseller Crow Lake. At the same time, she is offering a story that feels contemporary and new, for new readers.
POTENTIAL PICK: Indigo has robustly supported Mary Lawson over the years, and Crow Lake was a Heather’s Pick.
“CANADA IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE ’HOME’ TO ME”: Mary lives in the UK, but is Canadian. As she says: “Canada is at the core of who I am and what I write about. For my books, Knopf Canada is home. I was overjoyed when Crow Lake was published by Knopf Canada and three books later I am overjoyed still!”
FAMILIAL BONDS: We have a strong UK partner in PRH sister imprint, Chatto & Windus.
“A lovely, gentle novel with edge.” —Saga (UK)
“A Town Called Solace is engrossing. It’s delightful. It’s satisfying: you’ll chuckle, you’ll grin with recognition, your eyes may well with tears. The novel encourages hope, roots for redemption and grants enlightenment for its characters without for a moment denying life’s complexity or hardships, or forgetting about humankind’s capacity for self-delusion and misguided choices…. Lawson’s plotting is deft, expert. And while the principal characters are completely absorbing, the supports…are rendered as snapshots worthy of their own novels. A Town Called Solace pleases at every level. It’s a captivating tale suffused with wisdom and compassion.” —Toronto Star
“Anne Tyler is a big fan of this Canadian author and so am I. At the heart of the novel are a girl devastated by her sister’s disappearance, a man escaping a broken marriage and a woman trying to make amends for a tragedy. The connections between them slowly unfold in this quiet drama.” —Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping (UK)
“That clear-eyed humanism—the sort that is rooted firmly in the reality of life, but holds out a glimmer of potential for a measured, minor-key redemption—is classic Mary Lawson.” —The Globe and Mail
“Lawson is a graceful writer whose un-showy style always hides surprising depths.” —Toronto Public Library
“This is Mary Lawson’s fourth novel and I’d recommend a binge immersion. She has carved out a world in northern Ontario that’s vividly, absorbingly real; she captures tones and voices with exactitude in writing that’s idiomatic but never flashy and carries you along from midnight to dawn, oblivious of the time.” —Literary Review (UK)
“There’s a beauty and simplicity to [Lawson’s] stories.” —Prima (UK)“I’ve been trying to tell everybody I know about…Mary Lawson…[Each of her novels is] just a marvel.” —Anne Tyler
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