Black Lake: A Novel

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Little, Brown, May 20, 2014 - Fiction - 224 pages
23 Reviews
A debut novel about a family losing grip of its legacy: a majestic house on the cliffs of Ireland.

For generations, the Campbells have lived happily at Dulough, an idyllic, rambling estate on the windswept coast of Ireland. But upkeep has drained the family coffers. Faced with the heartbreaking possibility of having to sell, John Campbell makes a very difficult decision; to keep Dulough he will turn the estate into a tourist attraction. He and his wife, daughter and son will move from the luxury of the big house to a small, damp caretaker's cottage. The upheaval strains the already tenuous threads that bind the family, and when a tragic accident befalls them, long-simmering resentments and unanswered yearnings are forced to the surface.

As each character is given a turn to speak, their voices tell a complex and fascinating story about what happens when the upstairs becomes the downstairs, and the legacy that remains when family secrets are revealed.

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This is a solid debut from a talented writer. - Goodreads
There could also have been more character development. - Goodreads
Reference is made to the boy, to his absence. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

This is a quick read and you know from the beginning the ending. It's a story of loss. The Campbells no longer have the financial means for the upkeep of the Dulough, the family home, a secret John ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rialto - Goodreads

I picked this up in our local library to take on a weekend break and after reading the first intriguing pages, couldn't put it down. It's a short novel, just over 200 pages long, but the depth and ... Read full review

About the author (2014)

Johanna Lane was born in Ireland and studied English Literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she was awarded the Hemingway Prize for her short fiction. Upon graduating, the University awarded her the Robert T. Jones Graduate Fellowship to study in the U.S. and she chose Columbia's Creative Writing MFA program. As a work in progress, her first novel, COMING IN FROM THE SEA, was short-listed for the University of East Anglia's Charles Pick Fellowship. She teaches composition and creative writing in New York City.

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