In The Way The Crow Flies, Ann-Marie MacDonald presents the McCarthy family as an ideal: a perfect icon for the optimism of the post-World War Two era. Jack, the father, is handsome in his uniform; Mimi, the mother, looks like a movie star. The children, Mike and Madeleine, are remarkably well behaved and reasonably pleasant to each other. Against this backdrop, MacDonald also gives us a glimpse into another world, a parallel one veiled behind the façade of the Cold War. In this world, the concerns are great, involving secret operations, spies, and decisions carried out in the name of progress and peace. With the space race and the Bay of Pigs invasion, American president Jack Kennedy found himself in a position where he had to make decisions fraught with secrecy and hidden motives. Jack finds himself in a similar situation, involving intrigue and lies. Ann-Marie MacDonald explores how easy it is to do the wrong thing despite honorable intentions, and how simple it is to make bad decisions that may have tragic and unforeseen consequences either for a few or for many people.
This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (87 pages) for Ann-Marie MacDonald's novel The Way the Crow Flies includes:
• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions
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