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Praise for Fallen Lake

“Laird Harrison has captured both the ardent optimism and the giddy naivete
of an era when anything seemed possible, even a new definition of love.”

– Dashka Slater, author of The Wishing Box

“In his astonishing novel, Fallen Lake, Laird Harrison strips the rosy veils from the heads of the flower children and shows the hippies for what they were. Fallen Lake not only reveals the middle class’s angst, but the unacknowledged and permanently damaged victims of the ‘60s—not the flower children, but their children. With a clear and unsentimental eye, and in flawless sharp-edged prose, Harrison gives us a modern-day Blithedale Romance.”

– Eric Miles Williamson, author of Two-Up.

“The key to the current confusion about relationships and marriage lies deeper in the past than the sixties and seventies, but that’s when experimentation went mainstream and caught middle-class Americans in its hazardous flow. Laird Harrison’s characters aren’t big-city bohemians or college students made heady with sudden independence but softball-playing suburban moms and dads with adolescent children in tow. Written with grace, humor, intelligence, and an inspiring affection for human nature, Fallen Lake deftly examines the history of two couples and four children in one turbulent household of the past, as well as the present life of one of the daughters grown to adulthood and yearning to save her own marriage.”

– Anastasia Hobbet, author of Small Kingdoms

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