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    No detail too small

    An exemplary work of sensory detail, description, research, and structure...and, of course, storytelling.
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    The Way the Crow Flies

    Absolutely fabulous! I totally loved this book, couldn't put it down until it was finished.
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    A Bittersweet Roman-a-clef with a Murder Tucked Inside

    MacDonald has a way with description, no question. I grew up in the same time period, and in small-town Ontario, as did Madeline. She brought back so many vivid memories, even ones as fleeting as the way the sky looked as you were leaving school at 3 pm in November. An intoxicating amount of that sort of detail in the first third of the book which is almost wholly from Madeline's perspective. MacDonald doesn't give short shrift to the parents though. These attractive people are sexily in love in a thoroughly sixties way. Her brother is much more real in the early segments too. He only comes alive again for one crazy night with his sister and her friend in Ottawa. His falling away may be, along with the apparent death of a fairly important minor character from across the street, the only two not-perfectly-satisfying elements of plot. (Okay, I might be a little less than happy with the solution (?) to the murder--but I'm quibbling here....) Along with vivid descriptions, MacDonald does interesting things with narrative forms depending on which part of the plot we're in. The tension becomes almost palpable during and after the murder, especially as Jack wrestled with culpability. The only break in that is the academic excursion provided for us by neighbour Froehlich who knows so much more of what the Allied powers are up to post-WWII than does our service man. In the last section, our 32-year-old Madeline returns to solve the crime-- and many of her issues as well.
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    Great read

    Entertaining book....Canadian feeling..great characters...would recommend to all...worth the read. Emotional
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