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A Town Called Solace

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A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
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Feb 16, 2021 | ISBN 9780735281271

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“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)

“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

“An assured and engaging look at one of my favourite subjects: what we owe to other people. How long must we keep their secrets, and how long do we wait for those we love? Darkened by pain, A Town Called Solace is even so a kindly book; Clara’s lost sister flashes through it like a red-winged blackbird. Warm, clear, and beautifully grounded in the bedrock of the Canadian Shield.” —Marina Endicott 

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