"This lesbian coming-of-age story ... is a compelling story that can capture the imaginations of both adult and young adult readers." -- Deanna Radford, mRb

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The Company of Crows

Karen Molson

“A tender coming-of-age story and a sympathetic portrait of mental illness that reminds us how life’s disorder can open on to unexpected joy." – Christine Fischer Guy

“A precocious young girl finds her flock in Karen Molson’s remarkable debut, a vividly immersive coming-of-age tale set in an Ontario trailer park one summer in 1974. Evocative and compelling, The Company of Crows gives us a bird’s-eye view into the life of Veronica Reid – an introspective thirteen-year-old who is at once both naive and wise beyond her years. A touching and satisfying tale of family, friendship and first love.”  – Christopher diRaddo


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At thirteen, bookish Veronica Reid lives in a world inside her head, even if she isn’t entirely successful at resisting the intrusions of the world outside. It’s bad enough that she has to wear awful new glasses; it’s downright disastrous that she’ll have to spend the summer at Laughing Willows Trailer Park with her obnoxious younger brothers and unhappy mother. She can’t imagine anything worse. Lonely and bored, she begins to observe the activities of the local crows, even as she gradually finds a community among the odd denizens of Laughing Willows, makes a friend in seventeen-year-old Charlotte, and falls in love. When she is sexually assaulted, she finds unexpected strength both inside herself and in the people—and the crows—around her.


Author Karen Molson

A biographer and former independent bookseller, Karen Molson is the author of The Molsons: Their Lives and Times, and Hartland de Montarville Molson: Man of Honour. A direct descendent of John Molson, she lives near Vankleek Hill, Ontario, and likes to spend time studying and photographing birds. The Company of Crows is her first novel.

Karen Molson's website is here


"Set in 1970s Ontario against the larger backdrop of the women’s liberation movement, this lesbian coming-of-age story ... is a compelling story that can capture the imaginations of both adult and young adult readers."
                         --Deanna Radford, Montreal Review of Books


At her father’s suggestion, they sit on the bare grass, then lie down on their backs side by side, their faces solemn, the sky an upturned bowl. Veronica rests the binoculars on her chest and blinks under her glasses. She counts two more meteors. A chorus of frogs and crickets, a fusion of speech and music, lifts around them. Veronica thinks about gravity binding their bodies to the turning earth.
      There’s something stronger than gravity that binds her to Charlotte.
      She writes about it in her notebook later.
      I am smitten. There, it is written.



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