Road Ends is an examination of provincial life in the fictional Canadian town of Struan, in the late 1960s.
Focusing on the Cartwright family, but giving three character perspectives, the chapters move back and forth across several years, letting the reader slowly build a picture of life in the family, through the eyes of the father, Edward, the son, Tom, and the daughter, Megan.
Mary Lawson is known for her intricate explorations of family life, most notably in her bestselling novel, Crow Lake.
Road Ends is a similarly slow-burning tale of tragedy and hardship. Incredibly well-crafted, each narrative strand gradually reveals itself over the course of the book, and then the three characters are brought together as events very cleverly converge.
It might not be an edge-of-your-seat read, but Road Ends is absorbing and emotionally pitch perfect.
Fans of Mary Lawson’s previous work will not be disappointed.