The Dark Path to the River

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A political thriller about strong-minded women and men, The Dark Path to the River tells a love story that moves between Wall Street and Africa.

“Particularly successful in building suspense ... sensitive and ambitious.”
—New York Times Book Review

“A knockout of a novel—impressive in its scope but at the same time intimate and personal ... an extraordinary book.”
—Elisabeth Forsythe Hailey, A Woman of Independent Means

“Joanne Leedom-Ackerman knows suspense like Hitchcock ... But what distinguishes the novel is its characters ... [They] give this fine novel its power.”
—Washington Post

“A book that provokes thought and is most entertaining to read.”
—Los Angeles Times

“The story’s power comes from its daring and imaginative scope, its sense of humanity and human connectedness across ... the ‘small’ events of life and the larger events which come to be called history.”
—Dallas Morning News

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Joanne Leedom-Ackerman won praise in The New York Times and other major media for The Dark Path to the River and her short story collection No Marble Angels. An award-winning journalist, she has taught writing at New York University, City University of New York, Occidental College and UCLA Extension. She has served as International Secretary of International PEN. Visit her online at: www.joanneleedom-ackerman.com

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"Author Joanne Leedom-Ackerman knows suspense like Hitchcock, and her tale has the momentum of "The Man Who Knew Too Much." But what distinguishes this novel is its characters...(They) must find their own paths to faith, and their journeys give this fine novel its power." -- THE WASHINGTON POST

"In this multifaceted first novel, the fate of a small, unidentified African country is enmeshed with the future of an independent investment firm and with the convoluted ties of three women who once competed as journalists on a Boston newspaper...This complex novel effectively combines an intimate interpersonal drama with a story of power and politics." -- Booklist

"Joanne Leedom-Ackerman's first novel is a densely plotted, dialogue-filled story that reads like commercial fiction yet examines unconventional territory...She is particularly successful in building suspense...Her writing is often sensitive and ambitious enough to keep the reader interested in both the political and personal spheres she explores." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, whose roots are in Dallas, has written a powerful and compelling first novel in THE DARK PATH TO THE RIVER. The story's power comes from its daring and imaginative scope, its sense of humanity and human connectedness and its perspective across the lines that usually bind people and across the "small" events of life and the larger events which come to be called history. Reading the novel is both an emotionally and intellectually rewarding experience...She is a rare spirit and one of the best writers of fiction ever to be identified with Dallas." -- THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

"Leedom-Ackerman spins this convoluted tale masterfully...An unusual blending of political and conjugal turmoil in a novel that's intelligent, probing." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Previous reviewers have said that Joanne Leedom-Ackerman writes a good short-story; she certainly writes a good novel...This is a book that provokes thought and is most entertaining to read." -- THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW (reprinted in The Dallas Times Herald)

"THE DARK PATH TO THE RIVER is a knockout of a novel-impressive in its scope but at the same time intimate and personal in the telling. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman makes a blazing debut as a novelist with this richly dramatic and deeply felt portrayal of men, women, and an emerging nation all struggling to find their identity without sacrificing their integrity. I was enriched and enlightened by this extraordinary book and predict THE DARK PATH TO THE RIVER will become one of the most important American novels of the 1980s." -- Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey Author of A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS

Well-written, thematically rich. I fell in love with the characters. I didn't want the pleasure to end. --Barbara Kingsolver, Poisonwood Bible

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