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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
A dark-humored story, Springtime In Lawrence Park by Arnold Logan follows the life and times of Marie Barnacle as she grows up in an elitist Canadian family. The story opens with the tragic death of the Barnacle’s first daughter which sets the tone not only for the story ahead but also for Marie. After a difficult upbringing and an unruly and angst-filled teenage life, Marie finds that she can never truly set herself apart from who she was born to be as long as she is tied down by her demanding and clingy family. She decides later on that it is time to walk away from her elitist life… but, of course, stories are never as interesting when they go the way the characters expect.
To begin with, Springtime In Lawrence Park is supposed to be a dark satire, so if you’re reading it and thinking, “Whoa, this is one melodramatic mess,” then you’re missing the point. From my subjective perspective, Springtime In Lawrence Park teases and ridicules the sort of overly hopeless romantic tropes in literature. Marie is the average female protagonist born to a life and a legacy she never asked for. She tries to escape it, but meanwhile she continues to be self-destructive, naive, and is the epitome of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Regardless of how other readers will translate Arnold Logan’s work, I can confirm that it is a well-written, humorous, and witty piece of literature. Logan has created a vivid cast of characters and an abundantly engaging plot. It is easily a novel which I would recommend to others.