9780802139252

Peace Like a River

ISBN 10: 0802139256 / 0-8021-3925-6
ISBN 13: 9780802139252
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Softcover
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Hailed as one of the year's top five novels by Time, and selected as one of the best books of the year by nearly all major newspapers, national bestseller Peace Like a River captured the hearts of a nation in need of comfort. "A rich mixture of adventure, tragedy, and healing," Peace Like a River is "a collage of legends from sources sacred and profane -- from the Old Testament to the Old West, from the Gospels to police dramas" (Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor). In "lyrical, openhearted prose" (Michael Glitz, The New York Post), Enger tells the story of eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been controversially charged with murder. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and its remarkable conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies, the most tragic of fates. Leif Enger's "miraculous" (Valerie Ryan, The Seattle Times) novel is a "perfect book for an anxious time ... of great literary merit that nonetheless restores readers' faith in the kindness of stories" (Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press).

Review:
"[A]s clichéd as [Enger's] basic enterprise is, he manages to infuse sections of this novel with some surprisingly lively writing and deftly turned sentences. But ultimately the book suffers from a surplus of pretension...and a dearth of surprises. Enger's world, full of simple pleasures and populated by deep-thinking naïfs, seems unlikely to have ever existed, in this century or any other."

Katherine Dieckmann, New York Times Book Review, 09/09/2001

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"Enger writes on the precarious edge of traditionalism. He veers toward sentimentality, but the strength of his story and characters keeps his novel real....The miracle of PEACE LIKE A RIVER is the irresistibility of a well-told tale: you won't believe it, but this is what happened."

C. K. Hubbuch, Ruminator Review, Fall 2001

 

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Book Description: Grove Press September 2002, 2002. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. From the first page of Leif Enger's first novel, set in the Dakotas mid-twentieth-century, the miraculous and the gritty coalesce in a fashion seldom seen in our day. We are a bit shocked, embarrassed by it. Unless they are joined by a writer who composes paragraphs the final sentences of which could be strung together in a catena resembling Marcus Aurelius's Meditations. For instance: ''It's one thing to be sick of your own infirmities and another to understand that the people you love most are sick of them also. You are very near to being friendless in the world.'' Or this: ''The foundation had been laid in prayer and sorrow. Since that fearful night, Dad had responded with the almost impossible work of belief. He had burned with repentance as though his own hand had fired the gun. He had laid up prayer as if with a trowel. You know this is true, and if you don't it is I the witness who am to blame.'' The protagonist, eleven year-old asthmatic Reuben Land says this of the word miracle: ''For too long it's been used to characterize things or events that, though pleasant, are entirely normal. Peeping chicks at Easter time, spring generally, a clear sunrise after an overcast week -- miracle, people say, as if they've been educated from greeting cards. I'm sorry, but nope. Such things are worth our notice every day of the week, but to call them miracles evaporates the strength of the word.'' As Reuben and his remarkable father and younger sister attempt to exonerate and recover the fugitive elder son and brother after his flight from imprisonment for an almost irreproachable crime, miracles intervene every so often, unexpectedly and without interrupting the irresistible narrative. The finale transcends even miracle and moves into the realm of eschatology. Here is a novel that defies easy pigeonholing, one which will burn into your heart and memory like few others. Bookseller Inventory # 96876

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