"Full of missing family, Maxwell's debut novel begins and ends with Alice. . . . Though the reader knows the secret of Alice's birth from the start, recognizing hints throughout her childhood, Alice doesn't find out she was adopted until her mid-twenties. Yet she feels the relentless pull of the lake and the boathouse where she was first found. Maxwell's writing has a whispery, brooding, atmospheric feel that conveys Alice's fragility while capturing both the lushness of the region and its claustrophobic effect on Alice. . . . Compelling." --Pamela Mann, "Library Journal"
"A powerful sense of place pervades Maxwell's accomplished . . . debut. The novel tells the bittersweet tale of Alice Thorton . . . and the potent history of the women in her birth family. . . . Luminous." --Allison Block, "Booklist"
"I read this novel almost without stopping--it's a riveting book, with quiet lyrical power. It's also inventive, wonderfully strange, hard-headed, and genuinely enchanting. A very impressive debut." --Joan Silber, author of National Book Award finalist "Ideas of Heaven"
"Abi Maxwell's beautifully imagined debut novel tells the story of Alice Thorton's search for the truth about her past and the mysterious lake that calls her home. Woven with secrets, danger, and a family history both magical and dark, "Lake People" held me spellbound until the last haunting page." --Amy Greene, author of "Bloodroot"
""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"show more