What the River Washed Away

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A missing child, a buried tin of coins, and a terrible secret these lie at the heart of Muriel Macleod’s powerful first novel set deep in the back country of early-20th-century Louisiana, where lawlessness still reigns and the voodoo curses and charms of the old ways hold sway. Here eight-year-old Arletta lives with her family in an isolated shack in the woods. Sometimes she sees the white men walking down the track toward her home and knows to hide. But sometimes she sees them too late, until one day she finds the strength to fight back with ferocity. The men don’t return. But when years later she hears that another girl has been attacked, and past meets present, Arletta is compelled to act, plotting a revenge that will leave its mark on history.

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Muriel Mharie Macleod was born in the Western Isles of Scotland in 1951. She moved to Chelsea during the 1960s and spent time on an ashram in India in the 1970s before marrying a Trinidadian and moving to Port of Spain, Trinidad, where, amongst other things, she ran a soup kitchen for the homeless. She returned to the UK as a single mother of two. She has enjoyed a long career as an artist and animation film producer. In 2003 she was invited to oversee development of the association for Fulbright Scholars in the UK, during which time, as a Director of the association, she arranged lectures and debates involving senior political figures. She has traveled extensively in the US. Muriel is now based in the UK.

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"What the River Washed Away is strength incarnate....It's soulful, measured, and as great writing does, it makes you see the world differently. There should be eager anticipation over what Macleod will write next." — Bookbrowse.com

"No doubt about it...Macleod is a master storyteller who plumbs s the breadth and depth of emotions in this inspiring debut..Macleod brilliantly hooks the reader from beginning to end with a narrative that opens a floodgate of emotions and overflows with unforgettable characters. Be prepared to shed a tear or two." — Kirkus Starred Review

"A spellbinding novel" - Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women
"Stunning - a heart-wrenching tale that speaks to you long after the last page is turned" — Maureen Lindley, author of The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel

"An inspring story which will haunt you long after you have read the final pages" - New Internationalist

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