The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
A Novel

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In her highly anticipated new novel, Ann-Marie MacDonald takes us back to a postwar world. For Madeleine McCarthy, high-spirited and eight years old, her family's posting to a quiet air force base near the Canadian-American border 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 that will become clear only when the quest for the truth, and the killer, is renewed 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 humor 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.

 

About Ann-Marie MacDonald

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Ann-Marie MacDonald's play, "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" won the Governor General's Award for Drama, the Chalmers Award for Outstanding Play and the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Drama. She also won a Gemini Award for her role in the film "Where the Spirit Lives" and was nominated for a Genie for her role in "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing". Her book, "Fall On Your Knees" was published in 1996. MacDonald has performed in theatres across Canada, and continues to act in film, television and theatre. Her screen credits most recently include the role of Frances in "Better Than Chocolate." Her latest theatre production is the new musical comedy, "Anything that Moves,"which won the Dora Award for Outstanding New Musical.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 848 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Fiction

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