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The Lake of Dreams | [Kim Edwards]

The Lake of Dreams

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.
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Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated new novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter.

With revelations that prove as captivating as the deceptions at the heart of her best-selling 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 lineage00from 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.

©2010 Kim Edwards (P)2010 Penguin

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 01-09-11
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 01-09-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Much Ado about...what?"

    Despite the fact that I didn't think this book compares favorably to this writer's previous novel, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" it is still an interesting listen and highly "credit-worthy".

    I disagree with the hype I've seen on some other sites that say "Kim Edwards goes to Japan" or something similar. Actually this book has little whatever to do with Japan, and that part of the world is just an entry point for the story.

    I thought Edwards had a good thing going in "Memory Keeper" because of the awkward situation presented at the beginning of the novel, and the difficult dilemma that forms the spine of the narrative from that point onward. In that way this setup reminded me so much of Jodi Picoult's work or novels by Chris Bojahlian.

    "The Lake of Dreams", however, has none of this going on and it feels as though the story is missing a dimension. It's all about a woman obsessed with her geneaology and relationship to a stained glass luminary from the 1920's and 30's - all of which made me sigh and say so what? Edwards even leaves out the logical hookup with two of the main players. Mixed in is the usual dysfunctional family with plenty of real estate resources and financial assets to fight about, and the pc tone of it all makes it almost sound preachy. Compare to the neutral tone of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter".

    The book is extremely well-written, despite the clich?? of using a story within a story told by a package of hand-written letters - as usual, wrapped and tied by the typical ribbon bow - but overdoes it on description and could have been about half as long. The style is quite baroque and poetic, if you want to call it that, which is further compounded by the narrator's painstakingly slow reading.

    I hope that Kim Edwards soon returns to her more edgy themes.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberley Anderson 01-22-11 Member Since 2007
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    "I couldn't make it through.."

    You know how you try and try to like a book? You feel like you SHOULD like it because you like the author. Kind of like the boyfriend you want to dump but don't know how because it's hard to break up with someone simply because he's too nice and you find him utterly boring? That's how this book made me feel. 7 hours into it and I still don't care about the characters. The narrator has a lilty singsong voice that could send you into a diabetic coma with it's overdone saccharine sweetness of the dialogue. I'm breaking up with this book and downloading something else. Life is too short for bad books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Flower Mound, TX, United States 01-26-11
    Sue Flower Mound, TX, United States 01-26-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Boring and slow"

    Not to often I stop a book and trash it but I did this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keisha Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-18-11
    Keisha Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Sweet Story"

    Initially I hated this narrator. She spoke so slowly, I had to incresase the speed for a good part of the book. However as I kept reading and the story unfolded I truly enjoyed this sweet little story. And the narrator actually worked with the overall tone of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle DaSilva 03-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Get to the point already!"
    What disappointed you about The Lake of Dreams?

    Excessively wordy, overly dramatic, extremely drawn out.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Edwards again?

    Probably not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too breathy & overly dramatic.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lake of Dreams?

    I would have pared down nearly every scene by removing at least half of the mind-numbing details. I kept thinking, get to the point.


    Any additional comments?

    This story could have been told in half the time. This not-so-exciting story was buried in distracting minutia. The excessive detail give the reader the impression the author attempted to bulk up a so-so story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Blacksburg, VA, United States 09-07-11
    Michelle Blacksburg, VA, United States 09-07-11 Listener Since 2010
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    not worth your time. I couldn't even get though the first part. The story jumps from one to the other and it is really hard to follow. The narrator has a difficult voice (I'm sure she does justice to other stories) but this one just wasn't a good fit for her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Oviedo, FL, United States 08-05-11
    Julie Oviedo, FL, United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Boring narrator"

    Though I found the book interesting, I felt the narrator turned it into a long, boring audible book. Her voice spoke each word as if it were so important that it made the entire book very anticlimatic. If another narrator had read it, I think that my interest would have been held much more. The narrator could have sped up her voice just a little and not ended each sentence with a hanging explanation point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Cummo Fort Worth, TX 06-22-11
    Eileen Cummo Fort Worth, TX 06-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen!"


    This reader is a favorite of mine - she can dramatize the story so that she never seems like a reader and adds an etherial quality to a very good story of a family history. I hated to reach the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer SYRACUSE, NY, United States 06-13-11
    Jennifer SYRACUSE, NY, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Tedious and slow"

    Though I loved the first novel by this author, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, I am not enjoying this book at all. The book begins in Japan and moves quickly to the Finger Lakes region of NY, and the transition doesn't take place swiftly or clearly. The level of detail, dialogue, and detail is unnecessary; I find I'm lost because my mind wanders to alleviate the boredom. Too bad, because I hate to give up one of my monthly credits for a book that I've not enjoyed so thoroughly. I've decided life is too short to spend on books that are not enjoyable, so I'm giving myself permission to end my relationship with it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Yuba City, CA, United States 06-02-11
    Mary Yuba City, CA, United States 06-02-11
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    "Sadly, I'm "joining the crowd" in How Many Stars.."

    I hate to tagalong with other people's thoughts, but I have to agree with many of the lower rated reviews. I had to speed up the read (I listened on an iPod) because it was just too dragged out. The author restated too many dull details. The narrator was just so-so. Overall I thought the book was depressing. This was my FIRST "audible" read and I'm not very impressed with the book's selection. I hope the next ones I choose have more to offer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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