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


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 al...

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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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