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Peace Like a River - Leif Enger
Peace Like a River
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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... show more
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).
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802139252 (0802139256)
ASIN: 802139256
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages no: 312
Edition language: English
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Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it
4.0 Peace Like a River
This reads, in part, like a underdog story. However, it's not drab and dour, but of taking one on the chin. It's about frontier life in 1960s Minnesota. There's a secondary, and mini, story in there, too -- written in verse. Some of the prose was quite lyrical, too. I enjoyed this read, as it showca...
Valz
Valz rated it
3.0 Peace Like a River
Best descriptions I've ever read of what it's like to be in extremely cold weather. I wasn't all that crazy for the story but I enjoyed the author's skill with words.
elisas8
elisas8 rated it
4.0 Peace Like a River
i really, really enjoyed this. the story is captivating enough but it's the writing that keeps you so completely engaged. beautiful all around. i wish the narrator and his younger sister were slightly older because it's a little hard to believe they'd speak and behave as they do for their ages, b...
FefferBooks
FefferBooks rated it
5.0 Peace Like a River
Been quite a while since I read a 5-star novel. This is definitely worthy. Excellently written, moving, thoughtful, intelligent, and quirkily funny. I cracked this open for the first time while sitting down on the bed to put some lotion on my feet before turning in, and found myself totally unable t...
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it
5.0 Peace Like a River
It's easy to understand how "Peace Like a River" garnered so many awards. Enger's prose, the likable narrator and the entertaining situations made it hard to put the book down.Eleven-year-old asthmatic Reuben Land tells the story of his brother Davy, who murders two men after they assault his girlf...
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