Lake People By Abi Maxwell

Literary fiction

Lake People

I just finished LAKE PEOPLE by Abi Maxwell. It’s a compact story with many complex characters.

Alice, abandoned in a canoe ,in a boathouse next to a lake, in the tiny village of Kettleborough, New Hampshire, is trying to find out about her birth family. She wants to know who she is and where she came from. I usually say be careful what you ask for. She is adopted and raised by a childless couple who take her under their wings.

This literary novel exudes both madness and eeriness. What drew me to this book? The abandoned baby. That will always get my attention.

Maxwell’s writing oozes literary charm. Now, the writing is awesome, but at times quite confusing. You need to be on your toes. This one is not for the reader who is seeking a light, mindless read. The switching of point of view and time table could put you off, but the story is worth the effort of paying attention.

Some remarkable scenes unfold. You can only imagine a van plunging off a cliff with a child inside. And then there are all the scenes of family members called to the water of the lake. What’s that all about?

I consider this story to be a tragedy.  Certainly not for all my readers, but for those of you who love a literary sleeper, this one is for you.

My galley came from Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House. And I thank you guys.


One thought on “Lake People By Abi Maxwell

  1. Did you read The Light Between Oceans.. childless couple, baby found in a boat but soooo much delicious conflict. Sounds a little like this one but you don’t have to be on your toes with the other but you do need a Kleenex for sure!

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