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The Lake Of Dreams: A Novel

by Kim Edwards

Viking Adult | September 23, 2013 | Hardcover |

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From Kim Edwards, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper''s Daughter, an arresting novel of one family''s secret history

Imbued with all the lyricism, compassion, and suspense of her bestselling novel, The Memory Keeper''s Daughter, Kim Edwards's The Lake of Dreams is a powerful family drama and an unforgettable story of love lost and found.

Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father''s unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family''s past, one that will radically change her-and the future of her family-forever.

The Lake of Dreams
will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper's Daughter, as well as fans of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: September 23, 2013

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670022179

ISBN - 13: 9780670022175

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."

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The Lake Of Dreams: A Novel

by Kim Edwards

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: September 23, 2013

Publisher: Viking Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670022179

ISBN - 13: 9780670022175

About the Book

With revelations that prove as captivating as the deceptions at the heart of her #1 "New York Times"-bestselling phenomenon "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," Edwards now presents 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.

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Prologue Although it is nearly midnight, an unusual light slips through a crack in the wool, brushing her arm like the feathers of a wing. In the next room her parents sleep, and the darkened village is silent, but she has lain awake all these hours and now she climbs out of bed, the floorboards rough against her feet. For weeks people have talked of nothing but the comet, how the earth will pass through clouds of poison vapors in its tail, how the world could end. She is fifteen, and all day she and her brother helped seal the house—windows, doors, even the chimney—with thick black wool, hammers tapping everywhere as their neighbors did the same. The narrow triangle of strange light touches her here, then there, as she crosses the room. She is wearing her blue dress, almost outgrown, the worn cotton soft against her skin. In this room, a low space over the shop that is hers alone, the wool is only loosely fastened to the window, and when she yanks a corner the cloth falls away, pale comet light swimming all around. She pushes the window open and takes a breath: one, and then another, deeper. Nothing happens. No poison gas, no searing lungs—only the watery spring, the scents of growing things and, distantly, the sea. And this odd light. The constellations are as familiar as the lines on her own palms, so she does not have to search to find the comet. It soars high, a streaming jewel, circling the years, thrilling and portentous. Distantly a dog barks, and th
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From Kim Edwards, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper''s Daughter, an arresting novel of one family''s secret history

Imbued with all the lyricism, compassion, and suspense of her bestselling novel, The Memory Keeper''s Daughter, Kim Edwards's The Lake of Dreams is a powerful family drama and an unforgettable story of love lost and found.

Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father''s unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family''s past, one that will radically change her-and the future of her family-forever.

The Lake of Dreams
will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper's Daughter, as well as fans of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller.

About the Author

Kim Edwards is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter, which was translated into thirty-eight languages.  The Lake of Dreams is her second New York Times bestselling novel.  She is also the author of a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King.   Her honors include the Whiting Award, the British Book Award, and USA Today's Book of the Year, as well as the Nelson Algren Award, a National Magazine Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has taught widely in the US and Asia, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Editorial Reviews

"Kim Edwards writes with great wisdom and compassion about family, choices, secrets, and redemption."
-Luanne Rice

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