How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona

How a Woman Becomes a Lake

Marjorie Celona

fiction thriller emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced

272 pages | first published 2020


From the Giller-nominated author of Y comes a suspenseful novel about the dark corners of a small town 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 ...
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summary of 78 ratings (see reviews)


dark 71%
mysterious 71%
sad 57%
tense 57%
emotional 28%
reflective 28%
challenging 14%


slow 42%
medium 28%
fast 28%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 66% | Plot: 33%

Strong character development?

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

Loveable characters?

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

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 57% | Yes: 42%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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