MacDonald, Ann-Marie "The Way the Crow Flies" - 2003
The second novel of this Canadian author. We read the first one "Fall on Your Knees" in 2002.
Same as her first book, this novel is based on some family history, in this case also on a real life tragedy in the neighbourhood.
Not a lighthearted, nice novel, a lot of tragedy in this novel. Again, the author has a great way of describing the people in this book and I liked it just as much as her first one.
From the back cover: "The optimism of the early sixties, infused with the excitement of the space race and the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through the rich imagination of high-spirited, eight-year-old Madeleine, who welcomes her family's posting to a quiet Air Force base near the Canadian border. Secure in the love of her beautiful mother, she is unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in a web of secrets. When a very local murder intersects with global forces, Jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine will be forced to learn a lesson about the ambiguity ofhuman morality -- one she will only begin to understand when she carries herquest for the truth, and the killer, into adulthood twenty years later."
We discussed this in our book club in October 2004.