Gladys Smith River of Our Return

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River of Our Return

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While Hattie Clark’s husband was alive, their homestead in the soaring crags of Idaho’s Salmon River Canyon was their paradise. When the raging river claimed her husband’s life, Hattie grew lonelier than she thought possible. Then Toby, an eight-year-old runaway, comes into her life. An unspeakable secret has driven Toby into the wilderness to search for his great-uncle, Afton McCabe, Hattie’s gold-mining neighbor. McCabe, a loner, struggles to eke a living from a river that promises riches but delivers heartbreak. He resents Toby’s intrusion, but lets him stay. After Toby is nearly killed by a devastating illness, Hattie and Afton become convinced that they must return Toby to his father, despite the boy’s wish to remain in the wilds. Together they make the treacherous downriver trip in an all-out confrontation with nature’s fiercest elements. From the menace of the wilderness to the dangers of civilization, River of Our Return travels an extraordinary journey of the land and the heart.

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The homestead hidden in Idaho's Salmon River Canyon had been a paradise, until the river claimed the life of her husband. Now, lonelier than she ever thought possible, Hattie Clark finds Toby, an eight-year-old runaway. An unspeakable secret has driven the boy into the wilderness to search for his great-uncle, Afton McCabe, Hattie's cantankerous gold-mining neighbor. The river promises great riches to McCabe but delivers heartbreak, and Afton resents Toby's intrusion. When a devastating illness nearly kills the boy Afton and Hattie decide they must brave the wild river to return him to his father. The journey casts them together against the untamed will of the wilderness, and challenges Toby to keep his new family together.

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Gladys Smith taught in rural schools for thirty-one years before she became a writer. Her novel River of Our Return won the coveted Willa Cather Literary Award in 1999. She repeated her success when Deliverance Valley won the 2004 Willa Cather. She lives in Montana with her husband John, three Labrador retrievers, and a host of wild birds.

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