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- Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
- Format: Hardback | 209 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 213mm x 30mm | 386g
- Publication date: 19 February 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0307961656
- ISBN 13: 9780307961655
- Sales rank: 1,623,571
A haunting, luminous debut novel set in a small New Hampshire town: the story of the crisscrossing of lives, within and without family, and of one woman, given up for adoption as a baby, searching for the truth about her life. As an infant, Alice Thorton was discovered in Kettleborough, New Hampshire, in a boathouse by the lake; adopted by a young, childless couple; raised with no knowledge of the women who came before her: Eleonora, who brought her family to Bear Island, the nearly uninhabitable scrap of land in Kettleborough's lake; Signe, the maiden aunt who nearly drowned in the lake, ashamed of her heart; Sophie, the grandmother who turned a blind eye to her unwanted granddaughter. Alice grows up aching for an acceptance she can't quite imagine, trying to find it first with an older man, then with one who can't love her back, and finally in the love she feels for one she has never met. And all the while she feels a mysterious pull to the lake. As Alice edges ever closer to her past, "Lake People" beautifully evokes the interweaving of family history and individual fate, and the intangible connections we feel to the place where we were born.
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Abi Maxwell was born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where she currently lives. She studied fiction writing at the University of Montana and now works as an assistant librarian at the Gilford Public Library. This is her first book.
""Lake People "is one of the most astonishing novels I have read in a decade. Abi Maxwell steps into the literary world with a book that rivals Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping.""" "--Debra Magpie Earling, author of "Perma Red" ""Lake People "is intricate, lovely and wise. Abi Maxwell trusts her stories and her talent, and the result is that rarity among first novels--one that possesses the substance and burnish of a classic." --Deirdre McNamer, author of "Red Rover"