How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona

How a Woman Becomes a Lake

Marjorie Celona

272 pages first pub 2020 (editions)

fiction thriller emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced


From the Giller-nominated author of Y comes a suspenseful novel about the dark corners of a small townIt'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 t...

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Community Reviews Summary of 136 reviews


dark 80%
mysterious 80%
sad 53%
emotional 40%
tense 33%
challenging 26%
reflective 26%
lighthearted 6%


slow 43%
medium 31%
fast 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 38% | Character: 38% | Plot: 23%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 33% | Yes: 16%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 66% | No: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 75% | Yes: 16% | N/A: 8%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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