Black Lake: A Novel

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

The Campbells have lived happily at Dulough--an idyllic, rambling estate isolated on the Irish seaside--for generations. But upkeep has drained the family coffers, and so John Campbell must be bold: to keep Dulough, he will open its doors to the public as a museum. He and his wife, daughter, and son will move from the luxury of the big house to a dank, small 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 surface.

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

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

I don't usually like novels set in Ireland, with exceptions of course. Some are just too political for me and others are occupied by an aging alcoholic protagonist for whom I feel no sympathy. But ... Read full review

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User Review  - Harriet - Goodreads

I found this book very hard going and difficult to read. It flitted around different time frames which made it confusing. The story line never seemed to go anywhere, especially in the point of view of ... Read full review

About the author (2014)

Johanna Lane was born in Ireland, studied English Literature in Scotland, and earned her MFA at Columbia University. She teaches composition and creative writing in New York City.

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