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This River Awakens by Steven Erikson
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This River Awakens (1998)

by Steven Erikson

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Moving and maddening. Cynical and life-affirming. Brutal and beautiful. ( )
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"In the spring of 1971, Owen Brand and his family move to the riverside town of Middlecross in a renewed attempt to escape poverty. For twelve-year-old Owen, it's the opportunity for a new life and an end to his family's isolation. He quickly falls in with a gang of three local boys and forms a strong bond with Jennifer, the rebellious daughter of a violent, alcoholic father. As summer brings release from school, two figures preside over the boys' activities: Walter Gribbs, a benign old watchman at the yacht club, and Hodgson Fisk, a vindictive farmer tormented by his past. Then the boys stumble on a body washed up on the riverbank--a discovery whose reverberations will result, as the year comes full circle, in a cataclysm that envelops them all.... Steven Erikson's first novel, This River Awakens, is a lyrical, tender, and disturbing portrayal of a rite of passage that is both harsh and revelatory. Published for the first time in the U.S., the acclaimed author of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series brings a coming-of-age tale that reads like Stand by Me reimagined by the Coen brothers. "--… (more)

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