I have enjoyed all of Sarah Addison Allen’s novels that I have ever read. There is something magical about them, something of endless possibilities to be explored while anchored by generations of family tradition. Perhaps it is the magic that invariably touches the world in her writing that reaches out to grab my attention because the magic is almost invisible, but it is there, and it makes a difference.
In Lost Lake, Sarah Addison Allen touches on familiar themes in a new setting. Eby, Kate, and Devin, three different generations of Morris women, are searching for their places in the world and for happiness. In a world where family is defined by traits that are handed down from generation to generation, this quest for happiness breaks then from the family mold and gives them the space to mature into woman (and girl because Devin is eight after all) who can survive and even find happiness.
Another theme is the question of where is home, or, even better, what constitutes a real home. This is a question that all three of them, as well as a few other characters, face. The answer is not really surprising to anyone who has read Sarah Addison Allen’s works, but it is still lovely to read in the context of her newest novel. Home isn’t just a question of people or location to Sarah’s characters. It is a condition of being, a state of welcome, and a sense of belonging. When the characters finally figure out this for themselves they find emotional riches that all of us would love to have.
All of the main characters, and there are many of them, are fully fleshed out and appealing in their own ways. Let me qualify that, there are a few who are not meant to be appealing at all, and they definitely are not. But, as you read, you find yourself wrapped up in the momentous search for meaning and place. You begin to root for the characters, and hope that the magic that Devin so clearly sees is enough to find the happy ending.
Lost Lake is a beautiful expression of hope and change. Where there is sincere hope positive change can be had. People can find themselves and their home. This is the real magic in Sarah Addison Allen’s writing. She provides us with a sense of hope that we can find our home and our family.
But before you read Lost Lake you need to get the short story that comes before the book. Waking Kate is free on Amazon. I only wish I had known about it before I read the book. Click here to get your free copy.
There were a few words, and I just when I thought things were going to get explicit, they didn’t. So it is definitely readable.