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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the 2021 Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best Crime Novel 

From the Giller-nominated author of Y comes How a Woman Becomes a Lake, a taut, suspenseful novel about the dark corners of a small town and the secrets that lurk within....

It's New Year's Day, and the residents of a small fishing town are ready to start their lives anew. Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake to write resolutions on paper boats. That same frigid morning, Vera sets out for a walk with her dog along the lake, leaving her husband in bed with a hangover. 

But she never returns. She places a call to the police saying she's found a boy in the woods, but the call is cut short by a muffled cry. Did one of Leo's sons see Vera? What are they hiding about that day? And why are they so scared of their own father? 

Told from shifting perspectives, How a Woman Becomes a Lake is a compelling, lyrical novel about family, new beginnings, and costly mistakes and asks, what do you do when the people who are meant to love you the most fail? 

©2020 Marjorie Celona (P)2020 Hamish Hamilton

What the critics say

"To the reader picking up this book for the first time: I envy you, such is the pleasure, depth, and beauty of the journey you're about to take. Haunting, deeply felt, ingeniously constructed, How a Woman Becomes a Lake is a supremely satisfying novel, masterful on every level. I could not put it down." (Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers

"This is a rare book that is satisfying in every possible way. Beautifully written, clear-eyed and compassionate in its examination of character, it's also a gripping mystery that kept me reading late into the night. The story, and the questions it raises about love, loss, and family, will stay with me for a long time." (Leah Stewart, author of What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw)

"This book has moved into me; it occupies and haunts me. Marjorie Celona writes with an empathy that manages to be both enveloping and exact. How a Woman Becomes a Lake is about what it's like to long for your most secret self to be understood, while fearing that such understanding might kill you. It is a feral, echoing, complicatedly vulnerable work of art." (Sara Peters, author of I Become a Delight to My Enemies)

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