By Ron Rash
A significant new Southern voice emerges during this novel a few city divided via the aftermath of a sad accident--and the girl stuck within the middle
When a twelve-year-old woman drowns within the Tamassee River and her physique is trapped in a deep eddy, the folks of the small South Carolina city that bears the river's identify are thrown into the nationwide highlight. The girl's mom and dad are looking to try out a rescue of the physique; environmentalists are confident the rescue operation will reason everlasting harm to the river and set a deadly precedent. Torn among the 2 aspects is Maggie Glenn, a twenty-eight-year-old newspaper photographer who grew up within the city and has been despatched to rfile the incident. for the reason that leaving domestic nearly ten years in the past, Maggie has performed her most sensible to prevent her father, yet now, because the town's clash opens outdated wounds, she reveals herself revisiting the previous she's fought so not easy to depart at the back of. in the meantime, the reporter who is observed her to hide the tale seems to have a painful previous of his personal, and person who may stand within the approach in their romance.
Drawing at the comparable lyrical prose and robust experience of position that exclusive his award-winning first novel, One Foot in Eden, Ron Rash has written a publication in regards to the private human issues: the affection of the land, the carry of the useless at the residing, and the necessity to dive underneath the outside to reach at a deeper fact. Saints on the River confirms the arriving of 1 of latest so much talented storytellers.
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