Karen Osborn The River Road: A Novel

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The River Road: A Novel

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David and Michael Sanderson are brothers, inseparable since childhood from each other and from their neighbor Kay Richards, a complicated young woman involved in a passionate and obsessive love affair with David. One spring night, while at home on a break from college, the threesome embarks on a night of adventure and experimentation, driving recklessly through the Connecticut Valley. Stopping at the French King Bridge, David -- full of hubris and hallucinogens -- dares to jump, mistakenly believing he'll be able to swim ashore. With this one act, he sets in motion an inexorable chain of events that indelibly alters the lives of everyone involved.

Told through the alternating voices of Kay, Michael, and David's father, Kevin, The River Road is a closely observed and psychologically penetrating narrative of the accusations, murder investigation, and courtroom battle that follow.

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Award-winning poet Karen Osborn grew up on Grand Island, New York, where she lived in a rural area along the banks of the Niagara River. She graduated from Hollins College, an all-women's college in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and went to graduate school in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Since then she has lived in both the southeast and New England and has taught literature and creative writing at several colleges and universities. She is the author of two previous novels, Patchwork, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Between Earth and Sky. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband and two daughters.

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Adult/High School-David was the golden one. Kay and Michael were his satellites. Growing up in Western Massachusetts, where the boys' father and Kay's mother taught at the local university, the three friends, isolated by space and inclination, were inseparable. David, slightly older than the other two, was a high achiever, scholastically and athletically, and the focus of his father's dreams. When David and then Kay went to the university, they became more than friends and Michael was left behind. The novel opens on one night in the early spring, when David, on an LSD trip, jumps from the French King bridge over the snow-swollen river and drowns. In that instant, everyone's life changes forever. Michael, resentful of Kay's connection to his brother and everyone's distress over David's death, indicates that Kay might have pushed David. His distraught father seizes upon the possibility as an explanation for this seemingly inexplicable event and pursues the idea with the police. Kay, already mistrusted by them for not having been truthful about her relationship with David or their taking acid, is arrested and tried for manslaughter. The trial and its aftermath dissolves one marriage, causes Kay's mother to move away, results in Kay's leaving school and listlessly moving on with her life, and Michael's continuing resentment and lack of direction. Told from three points of view, shifting in time from the event to its aftermath, the story sweeps readers along. The reactions are in keeping with character, and the characters are easily understood. A thought-provoking read.
Susan H. Woodcock, Fairfax County Public Library, Chantilly, VA
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