The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson is a satisfying read. It is a story based in a rural village of northern Canada, where the attraction of the town is a lake called Crow Lake.
The story is about Arthur, a hard-working farmer, and Ian, a teenage boy approaching adulthood. These two characters are a generation apart but their story connects when Ian decides to work with Arthur on the farm during his final year of high school; the story of these two characters is told in alternate chapters, but it all flows smoothly.
I was able to relate to Ian’s story as he tries to figure out what he wants to do in his life. Choosing a career seems so perplexing and daunting and I’ve been through this process recently. In the end, in Ian’s case, we find out that the answer had been staring him in the face all along.
Their individual character arcs, as well as the relationship between Arthur and Ian, kept me reading on and on. It was one of those fiction books which you wish would go on and on. I would give it 5 stars and recommend it to all the fiction lovers out there.