Henley, Patricia. In the river sweet, a novel.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

HENLEY, Patricia. In the river sweet, a novel. Random House, Anchor. 291p. c2002. 0-385-72132-3. $14.00. SA

Nothing from the past ever really goes away. When Ruth Anne hits 50, she seems to have all the parts of her life nicely organized. Even the unexpected, like her only daughter acknowledging her lesbianism, can be handled. But when her son, born in Vietnam, sends her an e-mail saying he would like to meet her, her past suddenly roars up. It is this past that makes Ruth Anne's story most interesting to YAs. In a combination of flashbacks and scenes from the present, Ruth Anne looks at her Roman Catholic past, her aunt's influence on her, and...

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