The Lake Dreams the Sky by Swain Wolfe

I don’t know how Swain Wolfe’s novel The Lake Dreams the Sky ended up on my bedside table. Somehow I managed to score an advanced reading copy of it and it has been in my ‘to-read’ pile forever. I finally picked it up and couldn’t put it down.

The Lake Dreams the Sky
tells the story of Elizabeth, a high-powered something or other who returns to the lake of the title to visit her elderly grandmother and reacquaint herself with the Montana landscape of her youth. What follows is a beautiful love story prompted by Liz’s discovery of a picture she’d admired as a child.

Liz’s story isn’t anywhere near as interesting as the story the picture has to tell. Ruth, a white woman raised by the Red Crow and Cody, a drifter who arrives in town when his truck breaks down, meet and fall in love. They are both good people who got dealt a shitty hand and their relationship fuels the jealousy of the small-minded people who live in the town. Their only allies are the owner of a local business, who is also an outsider of sorts, and Rose’s Red Crow mother.

Theirs is a story of passion and hope and it is beautifully told. If you aren’t rooting for them to make it by the book’s end, you have a hole where your heart should be.

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Reading Guide

FOOD
Roasted Red pepper Dip

2 (16 oz.) cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 (6 oz.) jars roasted red peppers, drained
1/4 cup tahini
1 Tbsp. minced onion
3 cloves minced garlic
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/8 tsp. white pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
2-4 Tbsp. oil
PREPARATION:
Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender. Blend or process until mixture is fairly smooth, adding oil as needed for desired consistency. Place in serving bowl, cover, and chill for 2-3 hours before serving. Serve with toasted baguette or crackers.

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