Beloit College Magazine

Summer 2013 (August 1, 2013 at 12:00 am)

Lake People

July 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

Lake People

 

 

By Abi Keller Maxwell’02
Alfred A. Knopf
New York, N.Y., 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abi Keller Maxwell’s haunting debut novel is the story of Alice Thornton, a woman who has been separated from her family and its history of endurance and tragedy while unknowingly growing up in their midst. After being abandoned by her birth mother as an infant, she is nearly taken in by her grandparents, then adopted by another family that lives in the same small town in which she was born, in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. In many ways, this novel is a meditation on identity and the power of place, written in a spare, lyrical style that has been compared to Housekeeping, Marilyn Robinson’s landmark novel.

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