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A Town Called Solace Reviews

A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

A Town Called Solace

Mary Lawson

4.83 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781784743925

Set in Northern Ontario in 1972, A Town Called Solace explores the relationships of these three people brought together by fate and the mistakes of the past. By turns gripping and darkly funny, it uncovers the layers of grief and remorse and love that connect us, but shows that sometimes a new life is possible.

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5 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
6 Nov 2020

"If you are, as I am, a huge fan of Anne Tyler, then you definitely can't miss this."

Exquisitely written tale of small-town life, set in remote Northern Ontario in 1972 where seven-year-old Clara is badly missing her runaway 16-year-old sister, Rose. To make things worse, her elderly neighbour and friend Mrs Orchard has gone into hospital, and a recently divorced man named Liam has moved into Mrs Orchard's house. The mysterious link between Mrs Orchard and Liam is revealed over the course of the novel, which is funny and genuinely heartbreaking by turns. If you are, as I am, a huge fan of Anne Tyler, then you definitely can't miss this.


5 stars out of 5
20 Feb 2021

"Lawson’s books are a pleasure to read — they conjure a space where quiet reflection and owning your past mistakes bring gentle rewards"

With spare, unembroidered strokes she summons up characters you want to spend time with and a warmly enveloping sense of the little patch of Ontario in which she has set all her fiction to date, a place so far north that the dodgy radio signal means bulletins about the Munich Olympics attack and Watergate become so much static. Bad things happen here, certainly, but when they do the comforts of community wrap those sharp-edged revelations in a consoling blanket. 

4 stars out of 5
Nina Pottell
1 Feb 2021

"a beauty and simplicity in her stories"

I'm a big fan of the author (her debut Crow Lake Feature in 'From my Bookshelf') so I was excited to read this. There's a beauty and simplicity in her stories set in small-town Canada. This novel weaves together three characters' tales: newcomer Liam, his eight-year-old neightbour Clara, and elderly Elizabeth.