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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,939 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Edwards Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781101484418
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From Kim Edwards, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter, an arresting novel of one family's secret history

Imbued with all the lyricism, compassion, and suspense of her bestselling novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards’s The Lake of Dreams is a powerful family drama and an unforgettable story of love lost and found.

Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family's past, one that will radically change her—and the future of her family—forever.

The Lake of Dreams
will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, as well as fans of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Once again, Edwards has created a memorable cast of easily recognizable characters . . . This is a powerful story about the influence of history, the importance of our beliefs, and the willingness to embrace them all. Booklist
  • Gorgeously written. . . . luminously beautiful. The Dallas Morning News
  • [Edwards’s] latest novel, set in the Finger Lakes region of her native New York, is another tour de force that showcases her talent for engaging readers immediately and, her agile prose would argue, effortlessly. Louisville Courier-Journal
  • Beautifully written, with vivid imagery and emotion, this book shines with artistry. Edwards has another winner here, and I look forward to reading more of her work. Bookreporter.com
  • Kim Edwards writes with great wisdom and compassion about family, choices, secrets, and redemption. Luanne Rice

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/13/2014

    " Another powerful book full of wonderful characters. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 2/3/2014

    " I loved this book. To me the people were real. There are always family difficulties coming home for a visit. Enjoyed the location and the ancestry search too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jliongrrrl | 1/26/2014

    " This was nothing like The Memory Keeper's Daughter. NOTHING! Such a boring predictable book with characters that I wasn't at all interested in. My suggestion is to skip it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/18/2014

    " It was a good book makes you think about your family history "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaija | 1/12/2014

    " Not as god as her previous book, but alright to read. The story is interesting, but nothing overly special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirstin Macdonald | 1/11/2014

    " The Memory Keepers Daughter was much more engaging, but this was still a worthwhile read in my opinion. I found it too wordy in the first half of the book, almost like the author was not sure which minor details to make seem important to carry the rest of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/19/2013

    " This is a lovely book. The search to unearth hidden family history helps characters evolve and change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/11/2013

    " A good story with a slightly whiney main character. A nice plot and very good characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anais919 | 12/8/2013

    " Loved it! Easy read, always the best kind. Unexpected! I loved the mystery at the heart of this novel. A struggle with an old relationship, family secrets and a tie to the designer of a series of stain glass windows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila Ward-Bilty | 6/5/2013

    " This book is a beautifully written as "The Memory Keeper's Daughter". Kim Edwards is most assuredly a writer with a gift. I just didn't care in the end about the characters or the story that unfolded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Thean | 6/4/2013

    " fabulous, good suspence and kept rolling along. Good description of the characters and the plot was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daphne | 5/29/2013

    " Enjoyed this book - a fairly fast read, interesting twists and turns about family secretas... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 4/26/2013

    " I had just finished reading State of Wonder by Patchett before this Kim Edwards and so Edwards takes a back seat to Patchett "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dallas | 10/5/2012

    " Loved the family history and how the story line developed-won't spoil it though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/31/2012

    " I enjoyed this book, it was an interesting story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Kradoska | 7/1/2012

    " A clever story that held my interest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 5/3/2012

    " The story starts slow, and although much of the language is beautiful, the descriptions are excessive at times. Overall, the plot becomes predictable and tends to drag. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ksnitselaar | 12/12/2011

    " Good story, but kind of dragged. Not sure if I would read her again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 edabette | 11/24/2011

    " This book is really slow getting started. When I finally got to the ending, it was very interesting and I couldn't put it down! My suggestion is to stick with it because the ending is worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/13/2011

    " Not as good as The Memory Keeper, but still decent. I think my familiarity with the setting (Seneca Lake) made it more enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethne Mcleod | 6/13/2011

    " I enjoyed it. Very different from "The Memory Keeper's Daughter." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Odette | 5/20/2011

    " Although a good read, this book did not live up to my expectations. The Memory Keeper's Daughter appeared to me to be far superior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/15/2011

    " I didn't like it as well as the Memory Keeper's Daughter, but it was really good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cilla | 5/14/2011

    " Wow, this book is so disappointing. I couldn't believe that this is also the author who wrote 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter'. I only managed to read a quarter of the book before giving up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexa | 5/13/2011

    " I thought I liked it more than I really did - I realized when I got to the end that I hadn't really enjoyed it. The story seemed to have a lot of unecessary parts and the tense changed abruptly at the end. Just okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mutti | 5/13/2011

    " good premise but found it too simply written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/11/2011

    " Loved, Loved this book. A little history, a little mystery and intrigue, family angst and LOVE! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/4/2011

    " I liked this book better than Memory Keeper's Daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charmayne | 5/2/2011

    " This was not my usual type of read but I did enjoy it. It wasn't too depressing and had enough of a mystery to keep me interested. I enjoyed the genealogy and art aspects and the woman's suffrage history lesson! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 5/2/2011

    " Enjoyable read! I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/2/2011

    " definitely not as good as The Memory Keeper's Daughter..not a story to keep the interest going.. "

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About the Author
Author Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards has won numerous awards for her writing, including a Whiting Award, the Nelson Algren Award, and most recently the Kentucky Literary Award for fiction. She is the author of a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and Paris Review and have received a National Magazine Award for Excellence in Fiction and a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, she currently teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and daughters.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.