Way the Crow Flies

Way the Crow Flies

by Ann-Marie MacDonald
4.2 58

Audiobook(Cassette - Unabridged)

$35.95 $39.95 Save 10% Current price is $35.95, Original price is $39.95. You Save 10%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING


Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald

In her highly anticipated new novel, Ann-Marie MacDonald takes us back to a postwar world. For eight-year-old Madeleine McCarthy, her family's posting to a quiet air force base near the Canadian-American border is at first welcome, secure as she is in the love of her family, and unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in his own web of secrets. The early sixties, a time of optimism infused with the excitement of the space race and overshadowed by the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through Madeleine's rich imagination as she draws us into her world.

But the base is host to some intriguing inhabitants, including the unconventional Froehlich family, and the odd Mr. March, whose power over the children is a secret burden that they carry. Then tragedy strikes, and a very local murder intersects with global forces, binding the participants for life. As the tension in the McCarthy household builds, Jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine learns about the ambiguity of human morality — a lesson that will become clear only when the quest for the truth, and the killer, is renewed twenty years later.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060578961
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/04/2003
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 2.60(d)

About the Author

Novelist and dramatist Ann-Marie MacDonald is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning novel Fall on Your Knees. She is also the playwright of Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, which won the Governor General's Award for Drama. She lives in Toronto.

Novelist and dramatist Ann-Marie MacDonald is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning novel Fall on Your Knees. She is also the playwright of Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, which won the Governor General's Award for Drama. She lives in Toronto.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth:

October 29, 1958

Place of Birth:

Baden Baden, West Germany


Graduate, National Theatre School of Canada Acting Program, 1980

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Way the Crow Flies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Camboron More than 1 year ago
If it weren't for the opening page, this book would seem a dreamy, rich view of the haze of summer, childhood, and family life as recounted by a military family moving back to Canada. And this masterful writing instantly creates a resonance with anyone who has ever rode out the last days of summer, wondered about making new friends, and settled in after (another) move. But, like the best books with a murder at the core, this warm feeling is constantly interrupted, with the reader unable to stop wondering how this sense of place and time, and the idyllic will lead us to a corpse. [WARNING: If you read the back of the book, it will actually spoil a major plot point. I still don't know why backs of books are written so terribly!!) Also, like the best of them, you know, with an increasing sense of dread, that the characters you've instantly gotten to know, and care about, their lives will change when all is revealed. When you are given your first clue about the identity of the victim, you exhale, not even realizing how much tension had built up and how so many little innocuous details had grown into suspicion and paranoia. There is enough amazing-ness captured here to make the book murderless---Froelich and Jack discussing the moon while Mimi sings an Acadian folk song in the background., Madeleine getting a ride on a motor scooter, or unpacking her toys. But, with said murder, the tension builds, along with the head-shaking and denial when you find out increasingly horrible things in regards to people you have grown to care about to a great extent. The epilogue--when everyone has grown up, (epilogue longer than some novels, so let's say, the fourth act, could have easily have been a typically portrayed lesbian explaining why the Man has got her down. Instead, every incident and word honestly stems and derives from experiences, memories and personality established in the beginning of the book. Any fiction, where you feel the author is on a soapbox, can stem from character's words or action ineptly formed around the message that is being forced upon you. So, from MacDonald’s' skilled pen comes not words, but life, as you, me, and the next person experienced it. And any direction explored, anything "alternative" or rebellious, stems from real people trying to figure out them elves and the world around them, and how tragedy inexplicably tangles the mind, until we have the years, wisdom and strength to unravel it.
Michelle_TMT More than 1 year ago
This book was really fun to read. I loved the single line references to songs and TV from the 60's. The book had the ability to take me back to my childhood and still be completely intrigued by the story. Then, when the story jumped forward in time, I was still unable to solve the mystery and was completely surprised at the endng. It was an enjoyable read and a good story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading The Way the Crow Flies, and I can honestly say that this is the first book in a LONG TIME that I couldn't put down. MacDonald writes so that you feel like you can see the RCAF Base and you go to school with the kids and you like the families. The suspense of the story kept me riveted. Two thumbs WAY up!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Way the Crow Flies is a hauntingly beautiful book. It has been years since I've read a novel that has so deeply touched me. Flawless and achingly real, The Way the Crow Flies stands out as a piece of contemporary art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read. I could not resist this intricate plot with such well developed characters. One of the few books you will not be able to put down. Haunting in its detail, beautiful in its composition, this author has an amazing gift and I patiently wait for her next masterpiece. This novel is an investment and can't be missed!
lizj22 More than 1 year ago
My grown daughter insisted I read this book. She said it sounded like some of my childhood, with all the military moves. And she was correct. It was a little hard at first to get into it but boy once I did I could put it down! Actually skipped a day of work and spent the whole day reading until I finished. Now of course I miss it. And the best part is all the characters have an ending so you as the reader are not left hanging wondering what became of them. Make sure you read this one especially if you were a child in the 60's it will really bring you back and open up all kinds of memories from that time period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And end to innocence story, masterfully told with history weaved throughout the tell. the characters grab you, the plot and descriptions are sometimes languid, sometimes leaving you on the edge of your seat, but never losing your attention. LOVED this and had to continuously tear myself away when other responsibilities called.
wordsilove More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare books I didn't want to end. The author is not simply talented she's gifted. I'm amazed at her ability to put me right on the scene and especially into the mind of an intelligent, funny, witty Madeleine. I think she handled the subject of child abuse and murder with delicacy while making it clear what was happening. This is real life, not the gratuitous violence pumped out in so many books today. Thank you Ann-Marie MacDonald!! I'm very much looking forward to reading "Fall On Your Knees."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly well-written with a plot that moves you along but still leaves the ending in question. With a wonderfully-painted picture of life in the early 60s, the author is adept in her descriptions of life as a military brat (in this case, Canadian Air Force, in my case, USAF) and the challenges of moving, making new friends, and of the politics of military life. It takes this from multiple view points: Jack, Madeleine's career military dad, Mimi, Jack's career military wife and Madeleine's mother, and of course, Madeleine herself. Madeleine struggles with friendships, change, and trying to interpret painful adult messages at a young age. This book had one of the most satisfying (though not simple) endings I've read in a long time -- while everything was not wrapped up in a bow, I was left with answers and closure. I can't wait to read Ann-Marie MacDonald's next book!
JAMiller More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book you read knowing that it will be a while before you read another one like it. Intelligent, emotionally gripping, so descriptive of both a time and a place that you'll believe you can get in touch with the fictional characters. Funny, heartbreaking, insightful and wonderfully written. I have consistently read a book a week for years and this one is on my top ten list of favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading 'Fall On Your Knees', I was very eager to read this book and was not disappointed. The intrinsic character development left me so emotionally attached to this family, and although it seemed that it took awhile for the plot to get rolling, I felt that it helped shape the story and create the tone of intimacy with the charcters sharpened the impact of the story. I have noticed a few reviews that stated they thought certain parts of the book were too graphic and too haunting, when the abuse occured. I consider myself to be very sensitive and didn't find them to be gratuitious or in vulgar taste. Abuse of a child is always a haunting subject to say, the least but this was a humble story that was compelling and beautifully written. I would highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book incredible for how well it was written and the turns and twists in the plot. The book talks about child abuse but is so well written you feel as if it has happened to you and you understand every emotion that the child is experiencing. At times I even had to put it down for awhile because it got to me. But that is how you know an excellant book because it truly allows you to feel what the character is feeling. The book also takes the point of view of a child and captures this very well. Do not read ahead, but know that the end of this book turns everything around on you. Despite how disturbing this book can be it will never leave you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think just like with graphic music, books should be held to the same standard. I read the back cover of the book and nowhere in the explaination did it say it was going to be about child abuse. I started the book and warmed up to the time period and the characters. When the whole child abuse piece surfaced, I started to skim the book because of the highly disturbing narrative. I was so deeply bothered by some of the chapters that I had to skip them. I think that if this is the main premisis of the book, put it on the back cover. Let the reader know that it contains disturing and graphic information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Macdonald's first novel very much and now with this one I am thoroughly convinced of her talent. This book at one moment had me crying, the next angry and swearing aloud at it's characters which is a first for me. This is the first review I have ever written although I read many in my searches for new material. I am an avid 'reader', a housewife with alot of leisure time and also legally blind so I listen to books on tape(almost 100 per year.) I was disappointed by some of the reviews I read about this novel and am glad I didn't take them to heart. I highly reccomend this book, it is long but worth every minute as far as I am concerned. If you are an overly sensitive person it may not be for you however, like I mentioned I was quite touched by i'ts contents. ENJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up the book and couldn't put it down until finished. A great Christmas vacation read. I was totally absorbed and hated the book to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane_V_Blanchard More than 1 year ago
At first I did not like the way the crow flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald. I found the telling of the story from the perspective of each member of the  McCarthy family confusing. As I became familiar with the family members (the parents Jack and Mimi and the siblings Mike and Madeleine) and the story developed, I could not put down the book. The story takes place in the early 1960s on the Centralia air force base in Ontario, Canada, at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, before feminism, and when children were seen as innocents and shielded from the sins of the adult world. As a child of that era, I enjoyed the many references to the-then pop culture. This is not a book about nostalgia but about the grey areas, ethical choices,  and lies and deception that affect the McCarthy family. Eight-year-old Madeleine has a secret. She along with other girls in her class are molested by a teacher. Jack, an officer in the RCAF is working on a secret mission and lies to keep Mimi and others from finding out about it, and then struggles with the moral issues that arise. Even the neighbors have secrets. When one of Madeleine’s class mates is found murdered in a field, the story becomes complex. Both the father and daughter must chose whether to reveal their secrets or not, and then they must live with their decision. To me, solving the murder was less intriguing than following the character development and excellently weaved stories from the child versus adult point of view. I wanted Madeleine’s parents to notice what was happening to their daughter. I wanted Jack to make different decisions than he did. I wanted a different outcome from the trial. But, the author reminds us, life is not always about what we want. Ms. MacDonald’s writing style is a pleasure to read from a technical point of view. She is a wonderful wordsmith, and uses metaphors and similes, stream of consciousness, and striking comparisons to narrate this complex story. I enjoyed studying her style as much as reading the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read MacDonald's novel "Fall On Your Knees" previously and it was very good as well, although I enjoyed "The Way the Crow Flies" more. The both contain the dark undercurrent of sexual abuse, but also redemption and a poignant beauty. There is a little bit of everything in this novel: the mystery at the root of the story, the love of the MacCarthys, even humor.. I recommend this book especially if you enjoy an epic tale that touches every emotion, and if you liked MacDonald's previous works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everytime i try to read this book i fall asleep! Very boring. If i could return it i would.
Kerrie_Ryan More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and would recommend. Ann-Marie has a way of developing characters and painting a scene - which allows you to feel present. I love Madeleine. I loved Jack. Each of these characters were so real...the book does get dark at times. Beautifully written. Strong characters. Heartbreaking story.
Pauline Papanikolaou More than 1 year ago
well written, intriguing story! i couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago