The Way the Crow Flies - P.S. Author:Ann-Marie MacDonald 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 ... more »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 of human morality -- one she will only begin to understand when she carries her quest for the truth, and the killer, into adulthood twenty years later.« less
The best book I have ever read. (So far) Left me feeling deeply moved and amazed at how one person could possibly put into words so much of life's inexplicable events. Wow, I'm amazed at this author. I have also read her first novel, "Fall on Your Knees" which is tied with the best book I've ever read. This is not a feel good book, so much, but definately worth the tears. Needs to be read!!!
MacDonald is a wonderful writer, the ending is something you would not expect, characters are well-developed and the plot is intriguing.
My only complaint: this book required - and did not receive - a good edit. It held me for a long time, but then moved on to a new phase in the protagonist's life and I just didn't care. I found myself skipping page after page after page - not exactly a good sign.
Enjoyed the story, but it could have ended sooner. The story of a family in Canada, there because their dad is in the military. It is about a young girl growing up on the base, and the horrible things that occur there...a murder of a young girl, the search for the killer, and troubles in school. I do enjoy her writing.
This book was quite an undertaking in the scope of time and level of detail Macdonald aspired to portray, and I think she did an excellent job. The characters are well-drawn and likeable. While the plot drags in spots, it generally advances steadily to the resolution of the central murder mystery as well as to satisfactory information about how most of the main characters ended up later in their lives. If you have a good understanding of Canada's political history and people groups, this book will probably mean even more to you than it did to me.
I hated this book for most of the entire time I read it. It's so weird to see the world through an 8 year old's eyes, so many misunderstandings, so much emotional damage. I thought the author wasted words on too many details that I felt were unnecessary, and they used the tiniest font! In the end, I think the excess of details was a necessary part of the way the story had to evolve. I ended up really loving it, and I recommend it.