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THE WAY THE CROW FLIES by ANN-MARIE MACDONALD

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From the acclaimed author of Fall on Your Knees -- a bestseller in Canada and around the world -- a mesmerizing novel, breathtaking in its storytelling power.

In her hugely anticipated new novel, Ann-Marie MacDonald takes us back to a post-war world. For Madeleine McCarthy, high-spirited and eight years old, her family's posting to a quiet air force base in Ontario is at first welcome, secure as she is in the love of her family, and unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in his own web of secrets. The early sixties, a time of optimism infused with the excitement of the space race and overshadowed by the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through the rich imagination of a child as Madeleine draws us into her world.

But the base is host to some intriguing inhabitants, including the unconventional Froehlich family, and the odd Mr. March whose power over the children is a secret burden that they carry. Then tragedy strikes, and a very local murder intersects with global forces, binding the participants for life. As the tension in the McCarthys' household builds, Jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine learns about the ambiguity of human morality - - a lesson she will only begin to understand when she carries her quest for the truth, and the killer, into adulthood twenty years later.

The Way the Crow Flies is a novel that is as compelling as it is rich. With her unerring eye for the whimsical, the absurd and the quintessentially human, Ann-Marie MacDonald stunningly evokes the pain, confusion, and humour of childhood in a perilous adult world. At once a loving portrayal and indictment of an era, The Way the Crow Flies is a work of great heart and soaring intelligence.

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The Way the Crow Flies
by Ann-Marie MacDonald

HarperCollins
September 23, 2003
ISBN #0060578955
736 pages
Hardcover
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