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.