How a Woman Becomes a Lake: a novel

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How a Woman Becomes a Lake: a novel, by Marjorie Celona (Penguin-Random House, 2020). “It’s New Year’s Day and the residents of a small fishing town are ready to start their lives anew. Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake to write resolutions on paper boats. That same frigid morning, Vera sets out for a walk with her dog along the lake, leaving her husband in bed with a hangover. But she never returns. She places a call to the police saying she’s found a boy in the woods, but the call is cut short by a muffled cry. Did one of Leo’s sons see Vera? What are they hiding about that day? Told from shifting perspectives, How a Woman Becomes a Lake is a compelling, lyrical novel about family, new beginnings, and costly mistakes, which asks, what do you do when the people who are meant to love you the most, fail?” —from the publisher

Marjorie Celona