A review by rochellem
How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona

challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This book is much more sad and traumatic than I expected. The switching of narrators through the chapters works very well and makes it fun to piece together. There are some chapters/passages that are incredibly beautifully written. Although the ending was good (I audibly gasped) I found myself anticipating the last paragraph to be breathtaking as some other passages had been but was a little let down. Recommend for someone looking for a mystery infused with questions about love, friendship and parenthood.

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