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The Lake Of Dreams: A Novel

byKim Edwards

Hardcover | September 23, 2013

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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.

Heather's Review

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 ram...

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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, th...
Title:The Lake Of Dreams: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.3 × 6.36 × 1.32 inPublished:September 23, 2013Publisher:Viking AdultLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670022179

ISBN - 13:9780670022175

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Good story, but it dragged at times and was sometimes repetitive. If you like other books from this genre, you might like this one. A good read for a vacation or lounging around.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So far, it's pretty cheesy I'm only just beginning it, but I bought this book after reading the memory keepers daughter - finding it pretty cheesy but will keep reading
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read I did enjoy this book and finding out more clues about Rose and the past as it went on. But it was a bit slow for me. I also really hoped something would happen between Lucy and Keegan as it seemed they felt very passionate about one another.
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from TERRIBLE! Don't waste your time. One of the most poorly written books I have ever read. The story line was also incredibly boring.
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yawn ...... I am very happy that I only spent $4.50 on this book. There were high expectations after Memory Keeper's Daughter; however, I had to force myself to finish this dull and uninteresting story.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TERRIBLE! Wonderful descriptive read. I was engrossed by the end of Chapter One and loved the fact that it was not a predictable book. If you are interested in family history and are intrigued by Genealogy then you will enjoy this book, but just for Lucy's need to know her family history. It's a love story but just not the type you think..........
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Memory Keeper's Daughter Often we read a book that we really enjoy and purchase the next book by the same author expecting something as good or better. I found the Memory Keeper's Daughter a wonderful book but was a little disappointed with Lake of Dreams....not as good a read.
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow to start but hard to stop Amazing read. I could not put it down. This story of semi-adventure for teh perspective of a brave woman is wonderous and kept me on my toes.
Date published: 2012-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Enjoyable I read The Lake of Dreams in a day. it kept me captivated and I couldn't put it down. I have not read her previous book but am now going to because I enjoyed this so much.
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay... This book had an interesting premise about a woman who finds some letters in her home, written by a mother to her child many years ago. Lucy pursues what she believes to be a family connection and learns about her history along the way. The book was fairly well-written, rich with detail, but I felt that it kind of dragged on too long. There was a substory about her brother and his wife which didn't exactly contribute to the overall book. The ending was a bit of a surprise but in sum, I wouldn't say this book was completely amazing. This book didn't take me away exactly.
Date published: 2011-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The GREAT book of "I" If you enjoy repetitive sentence structures starting with "I" then this book is a must read. Minutiae of everything in her heroines environment takes away from what had the potential to be a very interesting story line that bobbed up briefly throughout the book only to be lost again in a plethora of descriptive words that constantly side tracked the reader and did nothing to advance the plot. This story would have had great potential if the writer had been brave enough to not fall into the trap of wordiness. Less would have been more for this book. However if you like a lot of information about everything the heroine thinks and feels this book is for you.
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Alright Book The story line was interesting enough, but for some reason I just couldn't get in to this book. The first book was definately better, so if you are hoping that this book will be as good as the first....don't get your hopes up too high, it isn't.
Date published: 2011-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't read just because of Memory Keepers Daughter I picked up the book because I loved The Memory Keepers Daughter and was hoping for another spellbinding story that I could not put down. The story was ok, but not an easy read, there were many details to keep straight. There was a complicated storyline to keep straight as Lucy visited home to deal with the past that haunted her and her family after her fathers death. I didnt really see how the whole storyline fit in, and I found the character storyline kinda faded to the background, which was unfortunate. The characters were good, I wish the romance triangle between Lucy, Keegan, and Yoshi was developed more, I was disappointed it was kinda just dropped at the end. A ok read, not great, but a nice story with vivid details. After The Memory Keepers Daughter, she has a huge job of writing something better.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kept Your Interest I am not sure if my score is related to that fact that I expected more as I love The Memory Keeper's Daughter. The people were so rich and well developed and the conversations felt real, but that was not the case in this book. The people in the present day felt two-dimensional, even the main character who is supposed to be going through some real soul seaching. However, what holds this book together and makes you want to keep reading is the family member who was never talked about over generations. This character's story is inspired and tragic, but how this is portrayed in the book is what makes Kim Edwards a good author. This book could have been edited better to improve the pace as many extraneous descriptors of the location are just filler and add nothing to the story. I would recommend it as it is still a very good story and most is very well written.
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I could not put it down! I not only learned so much about those who search for long lost relatives but it enlightened me to the fact that there are numerous daily earthquakes in Japan. Very current given the fact that Japan has just experienced that horrendous 8.8 earthquake and tsunami. Another of Heather's Picks! A good choice!
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I really liked this book. Although at times I wanted to slap the main character for some of the choices she makes. Luckly the author doesn't deviate too far from the story, there are times when it feels like it's about to turn into a romance story it doesn't. There's a mystery to solve, without really an antagonist, which was a little odd. I kept expecting things to happen.
Date published: 2011-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not nearly as good as her first This book left me wondering why I should care about the characters or what happens to them. Her search into the past, while somewhat interesting, left me wondering why there should be any impact on the main character's life now. I finished it because it was chosen for book club, but I normally would have thrown it aside at the half way point.
Date published: 2011-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Natural Storyteller Turns Out Another Great Read Fans of The Memory Keeper's Daughter will not be disappointed in Kim Edwards' new novel, The Lake of Dreams. This family saga touches all the bases, dealing with themes of love lost and found, family secrets, a hidden past and the important role women played in history. A great deal of expectation was riding on this follow-up to the wildly successful Memory Keeper's Daughter. While each book is different, The Lake of Dreams is definitely worth reading. At a turning point in her life, both jobwise and in her relationship, Lucy Jarrett returns to her family home in upstate New York from Japan after hearing that her mother has been injured in a car accident. Ten years have lapsed since she left home to go to college and she returns only to find herself still haunted by her father's unresolved death by drowning a decade earlier, which she partially blames on herself for not going fishing with him that day. She also is reacquainted with her first love, Keegan Falls, for whom she struggles to sort out her feelings. Suffering from jet lag one night, Lucy stumbles upon some old papers in a locked cupboard in the family attic that bear the name of a family ancestor she has never heard of named Rose, who apparently lived a century before. Lucy throws herself into a quest to discover Rose's identity and in turn discovers a secret past that alters her understanding of her heritage and herself. The Lake of Dreams is a beautifully written novel. I particularly liked the way Kim Edwards wrote about the interpersonal relationships of the characters. Lucy seems a little put off that life has gone on in her absence since her father's accident. She seems uncomfortable about her mother's budding romance after years of being a widow and also of the fact that her brother, Blake, has decided to join in the family business with their Uncle Art who Lucy feels pushed her father out of the business. The characters all seemed very real to me. I highly recommend this novel. Great choice for book clubs and for those who like books about family relationships. It is also a Heather's Pick.
Date published: 2011-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from …surprises at every turn, brimming with vibrant detail… 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."
Date published: 2011-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Courtesy of Lost For Words Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life. She's currently unemployed, feeling like something is missing in her life. When she finds out that her mother has been in an accident, she decides to head back to her childhood home for a visit. Her return home stirs up some memories of the past--of her father's death, and her feelings for her old flame who is now a prominent member of the town. While there, she finds some hidden articles that capture her interest, and she decides to embark on a quest to find out the history behind them. What she doesn't realize is that these articles link her family to the suffragette movement, and that they will also ultimately help her on her own personal journey. A captivating, mesmerizing read. Beautifully descriptive, and full of elegant prose, the story unfurls slowly as it captures the readers interest. Lucy is a realistic character, one that I think many can and will identify with. She is lost, at a juncture in her life. She's disillusioned, and frustrated as she feels that she is standing still without a job while her significant other, Yoshi, is happily immersed in a project at his work. When she learns of her mother's accident, she is hesitant at first to head home due to her mother's statements that she is fine, and the unresolved history of her father's death. Yoshi tempts her with the idea that he'll meet up with her and finally meet her mother once his project is wrapped up. With that in mind, she heads back to her childhood home. I really enjoyed how Edwards used the hidden letters and the newfound windows to peel back history and give us a glimpse of the suffragette movement, and I also liked how she made it such a personal journey for Lucy. The mystery behind Lucy's father's death, and her newfound relations is revealed at a slow pace, so readers who enjoy a fast-paced read might not enjoy the meandering pace set in The Lake of Dreams. Regardless, I found the read highly enjoyable, and I enjoyed the added tension of Lucy's old flame, Keegan. All in all, a gorgeous and descriptive read. From the shores of Japan, to the wilds of upstate New York, the writing is vivid, and exceptional. The history and letters revealed add to the poetic nature of the book. Though I may not have been completely hooked at the beginning due to the slow pacing, I found that I was subtly drawn in, until I couldn't put the book down and I had to find out what happened, and how it affected Lucy and her family. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfying read I think I am one of the few people who hasn't read The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edward's New York Times bestselling first novel. So I jumped at the chance to read her latest book - The Lake of Dreams. Now I know why everyone kept recommending her! Lucy Jarrett lives in Japan with her boyfriend Yoshi. She is between jobs and somewhat uncertain of what the future holds for her. When an email from her brother arrives, mentioning that her widowed mother has been slightly injured in a fall, Lucy decides to go home for a visit. The visit stirs up memories of her father's death. Nothing is as it was, her mother and her brother Blake are moving on with their lives. "All these years I'd taken such comfort in my wandering life, but really I'd been as anchored to the night my father died as Blake had been, circling it from afar, still caught within its gravity. Now Blake was moving on, and my mother was, too; the feeling I'd been fighting all day, the feeling of being adrift by myself in a vast dark space, engulfed me for a moment." In the cupola of the family home, Lucy discovers a cache of items that suggest the family history as she knows it, isn't quite the whole story. As Lucy pursues the story behind the items, history reaches forward to change the course of the present. The characters were especially well drawn, each entirely believable. The emotions and situations were convincing and rang true - Lucy's exploration of her feelings with an old flame, her mother's burgeoning relationship with a new flame and more. It was the exploration of the past that enthralled me though. I found myself flipping ahead, looking for the italicized type that indicated a letter from the past. These letters were especially poignant - the emotions and circumstances that surround them were both addicting and heart rending. The story flows seamlessly, blending the past and present together with vibrant details. The descriptions of glass blowing are vivid and sensual. The use of unsettled weather to mirror Lucy's emotional state is particularly effective. The settings are lushly depicted. Edwards has crafted an incredibly rich, multi layered story, with threads reaching from one storyline to the next, finally joining them together in a satisfying conclusion. "Whatever its beginning, the story had unfolded, one event leading to the next, beauty and loss surfacing in every generation, until I sat here, a hundred years away from the comet, woven into the story in ways no one could ever have imagined." A satisfying read - definitely recommended.
Date published: 2011-01-04

Read from the Book

PrologueAlthough 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 the chickens rustle and complain in their coops. Soft voices rise, mingling, her brother’s and another, one she knows; her heart quickens with anger and yearning both. She hesitates. She has not planned this moment—the turning point of her life it will become. Yet it is also no impulse that pulls her onto the window ledge, her bare feet dangling a few yards above the garden. She is dressed, after all. She left the wool loose on purpose. All day she has been dreaming of the comet, its wild and fiery beauty, what it might mean, how her life might change. The voices rise, and she then leaps.

Editorial Reviews

“Once again, Edwards has created a memorable cast of easily recognizable characters . . . This is a powerful story about the influence of history, the importance of our beliefs, and the willingness to embrace them all.”—Booklist“Gorgeously written. . . . luminously beautiful.”—The Dallas Morning News“[Edwards’s] latest novel, set in the Finger Lakes region of her native New York, is another tour de force that showcases her talent for engaging readers immediately and, her agile prose would argue, effortlessly.”—Louisville Courier-Journal“Beautifully written, with vivid imagery and emotion, this book shines with artistry. Edwards has another winner here, and I look forward to reading more of her work.”—“Kim Edwards writes with great wisdom and compassion about family, choices, secrets, and redemption.”—Luanne Rice