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Black Lake is 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this beautiful portrait of a family faced with unbearable loss, Lane reveals, not only what slips between the cracks in everyday communication, but also the secret loves and longings we all harbor, even if we never allow our hearts to speak, or our minds to dwell upon, what we need to say and hear, in order to continue as whole and undamaged spirits…A very, very good novel.”

    John Burnside, winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize

  • “Dulough, an imposing castle, stands by the sea in the far northern reaches of Ireland, where it has been inhabited by the Campbells since its completion in 1857. Lane’s haunting debut novel is a character study of the mansion and the last generation of Campbells to call it home…Lane’s story glows with quiet grief. This is a solid debut novel about what happens when a family whose identity is deeply rooted in their home is forced to move.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A contemporary writer of great promise whose book reads like a classic, debut novelist Lane skillfully demonstrates how grief both erodes and reinforces the bonds of a family.”

    Library Journal

  • “Lane’s earthy prose is well suited for such an isolated setting, and she beautifully portrays the landscape of Donegal. The characters’ only weakness might be their near-flawlessness; the Campbells are kind, loving people, who inhabit their world of privilege without a hint of entitlement.”


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About the Author

Johanna Lane was brought up in Ireland, studied English literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and earned an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She teaches composition and creative writing in New York City.