Review of the Road Ends by Mary Larson

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Review By Carla Sands

The Road Ends is a story of journeys — journeys taken by members of a family living in the northern isolated reaches of Ontario in the 1960s. The backdrop of a brutal winter further underscores the hardship and loneliness of this family as they seek to find warmth and protection from both external and internal elements.

As the family implodes, Megan the only daughter of eight children — leaves for England to begin a life of her own. She leaves behind a family isolated from each other and unable to heal from their emotional wounds. Megan, her brother Tom, and her father give voice to their torments as they journey to find redemption, answers, and hope for their lives.

Lawson beautifully layers her story, illuminating the sacrifices we make and the responsibilities we have for each other. The novel is not a happy one, but the journeys’ ends provide us with a testament to the resiliency of love and family ties.

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