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Road Ends

byMary Lawson

Paperback | June 17, 2014

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He listened as their voices faded into the rumble of the falls. He was thinking about the lynx. The way it had looked at him, acknowledging his existence, then passing out of his life like smoke. . . It was the first thing—the only thing—that had managed, if only for a moment, to displace from his mind the image of the child. He had carried that image with him for a year now, and it had been a weight so great that sometimes he could hardly stand.
Mary Lawson’s beloved novels, Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge, have delighted legions of readers around the world. The fictional, northern Ontario town of Struan, buried in the winter snows, is the vivid backdrop to her breathtaking new novel.
Roads End brings us a family unravelling in the aftermath of tragedy: Edward Cartwright, struggling to escape the legacy of a violent past; Emily, his wife, cloistered in her room with yet another new baby, increasingly unaware of events outside the bedroom door; Tom, their eldest son, twenty-five years old but home again, unable to come to terms with the death of a friend; and capable, formidable Megan, the sole daughter in a household of eight sons, who for years held the family together but has finally broken free and gone to England, to try to make a life of her own.
Roads End is Mary Lawson at her best. In this masterful, enthralling, tender novel, which ranges from the Ontario silver rush of the early 1900s to swinging London in the 1960s, she gently reveals the intricacies and anguish of family life, the push and pull of responsibility and individual desire, the way we can face tragedy, and in time, hope to start again.

MARY LAWSON was born and brought up in a small farming community in Ontario. She is the author of two previous novels, Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge, both of them international bestsellers. She lives in England but returns to Canada frequently.
Title:Road EndsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 7.94 × 5.18 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:7.94 × 5.18 × 0.9 inPublished:June 17, 2014Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345808096

ISBN - 13:9780345808097


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is definitely one of her best novels. The characters have a complexity that make the story and their actions totally believable.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A real solid book, nothing more than people just trying to get through life. love the realness.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! I read this after Crow Lake, which is equally incredible, and I wasn't let down. Road Ends is told through three voices: Tom, the eldest brother who found his friend's body after he plummeted to his death, Edward, the troubled father, and Megan, the only sister of 8 or 9 boys who has decided it's time to leave home for England and the parenting up to her parents. Each voice is painfully honest and relatable; I found it hard to read at times. Edward's portion, the son of an abusive father and unstable himself after the war, is so in-depth and poignant I didn't know if I should love him or hate him. Tom and Megan are no different, but what I found most striking about this family novel was that everyone was just trying to live their lives and get through the day. Despite being a family, they didn't know each other at all. The experiences lived in this book are ones anyone next to us on the bus or in a restaurant or on the street could have, but it is described with such love and skill you feel like you're walking right beside them. It was profound, a real page turner to uncover the story and where each life would lead--something very filling about this story. More than once I had chills from her writing! I like as well the criss-cross between some Crow Lake characters with Road Ends (a nice surprise.) You must read this striking novel if you've read Crow Lake or any others by her, but if you're picking it up for the first time, you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked this I read this on a snowy weekend, and felt the characters were right beside me. Great read.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME Excellent read. Impossible to put down. Just as well written as Crow Lake.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertainment and enjoyment Very interesting story. East to read and follow the characters. Especially interesting to me as I live in North Bay, know the towns of New Liskeard , Cobalt and Hailebury very well? The description of winter and the challenges of living in Northern Ontario is quite accurate. A very good, entertaining, and well written story. Thank you to Mary Lawson for this. An added comment from myself is that I have also read Crow Lake which I also enjoyed. !
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Nice read. I love her writing. ;)
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Road ends A bit on the dark side, but a page turner all the way. A dysfunctual family will survive because an older sister is willing to give up her exciting job in London England to return to rural Ont a provide care for the family. The father is a "0" who manages to keep his ailing wife forever pregnant. He is the root of the problem and I end up with a strong dislike for such a worthless family man.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Road ends She is one of my favorite authors, I love her characters and her Canada, it is my Canada
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting, as always If you have not read Mary Lawson's work, you are missing out. She has a unique storytelling style , as well as writing with vivid detail and insight into the human experience. Everyone of her books has been a single-sitting read for me, and all three hold prominent places in my library.
Date published: 2014-02-23

Editorial Reviews

NATIONAL BESTSELLER“The frozen landscape, which might fill some with dread, opens a rich world for Lawson…. It is a beautiful novel, with the psychological twists and turns of each character gently and poignantly unfurled.” —Sarah Hampson, The Globe and Mail  “Every Canadian student should be reading Mary Lawson novels—starting with Crow Lake and now including her newest accomplishment, Road Ends…. Like all great writers—and Lawson is among the finest—she tells her story in a deceptively simple and straightforward way, but one that resonates with anyone who has ever struggled with doing the right thing by a family member despite a desperate longing to escape that burden. She humanizes even the least sympathetic of her charges.” —Laura Eggertson, Toronto Star  “Mary Lawson finds literary gold in the hard landscape of the Canadian Shield.” —Ottawa Citizen  “What sets Lawson apart is storytelling so matter-of-fact (in the best possible way) that readers are able to feel the emotional intensity of the characters’ situations without succumbing to moroseness…. The same easy grace and economy of language that drew readers into [Lawson’s] earlier stories are employed to full effect, and the setting, along with the welcome reappearance of a few familiar characters, imparts a sense of homecoming…. Complex and satisfying.” —Dory Cerny, Quill & Quire “If the part of Ontario west of Toronto is Munro country, then the area northwest of New Liskeard and Cobalt—where [Mary Lawson’s] fictional towns of Struan and Crow Lake are roughly located—may well end up being dubbed Lawson Country.” —Emily Donaldson, National Post