Wastvedt, Tricia. The River.

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

WASTVEDT, Tricia. The river. Grove Atlantic. 345p. c2004. 0-8021-7007-2. $14.00. SA

In 1958, two children accidentally drown in the river near the English village of Cameldip. The story of what happens to their parents, Isabel and Robert, before and after this event is the underlying plotline of this book, although most of the action takes place in the present. The many repercussions of this tragedy are told alternately in flashbacks and in the story of what happens when a young unwed mother stays with Isabel. The past and present collide 29 years after the initial tragedy at Christmas when all the separate stories of the townspeople come together when another tragedy strikes.

The author does a masterful job of showing how unhappiness must be dealt...

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