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The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
In The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Jack McCarthy, an RCAF officer moves his family to an Ontario air force base close to the American border in 1962. His secret assignment is to care for a Soviet defector who will eventually be transferred to the Americans. Jack discovers that the defector was also a former Nazi officer who commanded slave labor at the German rocket research facility. Meanwhile, his daughter, Madeleine, and some of her classmates are being sexually abused by her teacher, until one of the children is murdered. As an adult, Madeleine relives those years, finally putting together all the pieces to make sense of her childhood. The Way the Crow Flies has received high praise and has been nominated for the Giller Prize. BookPage.com says, "Beautifully rendered, none of the 736 pages of this poignant novel seems superfluous. Characters are painstakingly drawn, and the multiple plots are meticulously tied together, from the opening page to the last."
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