The Inland Sea by Sam Clark is wonderful, full of interesting people left to live out their own mysteries, with rich and beautiful descriptions of the lake and communities on both sides. Evidence of intelligence and emotional complexity is everywhere in the characters Clark has created for his unusually constructed and sophisticated mystery.
An assortment of re-built boats skim across a lake bordered by forest and farm, carrying readers between islands, slamming waves, treacherous rocks, and the unpredictable currents of human capability. Designed with a craftsperson’s care and a philosopher’s depth, The Inland Sea covers a lot of territory.
I finished the book in two sittings, and had to make myself stop in the middle. I can’t wait to recommend it to friends.
The Inland Sea: A Mystery by Sam Clark. Rootstock Publishing, December 2020.
Reviewer bio: Judith Chalmer is the author of two books of poetry, Out of History’s Junk Jar, and most recently, Minnow. She lives and writes in Vermont.
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