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"Stunning and profoundly moving." - National Geographic Traveler magazine, which named Cross Currents as its "Book of the Month"

"The back cover of Cross Currents includes blurbs from bestselling authors Wally Lamb and Amy Tan. I believe Lamb and Tan recognize what so many others see in Shors: a talented author who makes distant lands and events feel close to home and personal." - The Colorado Springs Gazette

"Cross Currents is an emotional and powerful novel, and one I would recommend in an instant!" - PeekingBetweenThePages.com

"Shors' advocacy for international causes clearly establishes his place as one of the most humanitarian voices in fiction today." - FreshFiction.com

"Shors is an immense talent." - Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club

"Gripping, moving, and ravishingly written, Shors' latest is a stunning story of family, connection, and the astonishing power of nature."—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"A maelstrom of riveting action. I loved this book." — Karl Marlantes, New York Times bestselling author of Matterhorn

"A supremely readable tale." — Joan Silber, bestselling author of The Size of the World

About the Author

John Shors is the bestselling author of Beneath a Marble Sky, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, The Wishing Trees, and Cross Currents. He has won numerous awards for his writing, and his novels have been translated into twenty-six languages. John encourages reader feedback and can be easily reached via his website at johnshors.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 Original edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045123460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John's novels (Beneath a Marble Sky, Temple of a Thousand Faces, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, The Wishing Trees, and Cross Currents) have won multiple awards, and have been translated into twenty-five languages.

John has also spoken (via speakerphone) with more than 3,000 book clubs.

For more information on John's books, please visit www.johnshors.com or follow him at www.facebook.com/JohnShors.

John thanks all of his readers for their support!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
John Shors has secured his place among popular American novelists of the decade with this his sixth novel that combines a growing respect of the beauties of the globe and the intricacies of the manner in which characters seemingly misplaced in locales seek to find themselves only to discover that their place in the confusion of the world is close at hand, partially shaded by nature's vagaries.

CROSS CURRENTS is Shors reaction to the now almost forgotten massively destructive tsunami that devastated much of Thailand in December 2004. His love of travel to exotic places seems to instill in him an obsession for his readers to visit the places that have meant much to him. In preparation for this particular novel he revisited Thailand several times, gathering information for his plot, but more important, soaking in the cultural differences in this exotic locales so that he might paint it more accurately.

He introduces us to a Thai family of simple means - Lek, Sarai, and their three children who make a living running an island tourist `resort' on the island of Ko Phi Phi. They have given harbor to an American lad by the name of Patch whom we later learn is avoiding the law after a poorly judged run-in with drug dealing. Patch and the children are particularly close and Patch's presence helps the little family survive.

From the United States comes Patches look alike brother Ryan with his girlfriend Brooke: Ryan is there in Thailand to convince Patch to turn himself in to the authorities, take his punishment and get on with his life. The brothers are very close, but different in their values systems. A rife divides not only the brothers but also unstable bond between Ryan and Brooke.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. King on September 9, 2011
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I agree fully with others who give Shors a 5-star ranking for this book. I read a great deal of fiction, and this novel offers something special. It describes not only intrafamily dynamics (one Thai family, one American family) in vivid and absorbing ways, but also the cross-cultural relationships between Thais and Americans, all with beautiful nuance. Primarily, what I mean by "nuance" is that these relationships are not homogenous, and no one is one-dimensional. The gap between rich tourists on the island of Ko Phi Phi and the poor local workers is acknowledged with detailed realism, for example, but yet the inequities aren't made into a point of moralistic preaching (this is not a "message book") and anyway not all of the tourists are shallow, or all the Thais noble. This sensitivity to human behavior is enwrapped in a plot of great suspense; we know from the outset that the tsunami will hit the island, and thus we know that not all the characters we've come to care about can possibly survive. This aspect alone kept me reading late into the night. Full marks to Shors for being unafraid to write with heart, with genuinely expressive love, about the bonds between the generations, between brothers, between lovers, and between friends. I will now be seeking to read Shors' earlier work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Vido VINE VOICE on September 23, 2011
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Tucked away on Thailand's picturesque island of Ko Phi Phi lies a quaint getaway called Rainbow Resort. Nestled in among its beautiful surroundings is Patch, an American tourist running away from his past. When a regrettable incident causes him to head for cover, he comes upon the resorts' owners Lek and Sarai who desperately need help. In exchange for room and board, Patch begins a new life and becomes much more to the family than just the hired handyman.

When Patch's older brother Ryan, along with his girlfriend Brooke, set foot on the island in hopes of rescuing him, the breeze of change abruptly disrupts Patch's idyllic new life. Despite being a fugitive from the law, Patch has no intention of turning himself in. As the two headstrong men come face to face, the brothers firmly plant their feet in the sand.

As the battle of wills slowly begins to brew, Patch can't help but notice his feelings of attraction for Brooke. When a tumultuous exchange erupts between the angered brothers, Rainbow Resort is put in jeopardy. As the moment of judgment draws near, Patch must decide if he is willing to risk his relationships with Lek's and Sarai's family, Brooke, and his devoted brother Ryan in order to maintain his freedom.

CROSS CURRENTS is the fifth novel by the gifted author John Shors. His intensive research process makes his vibrant writing come alive as he takes the reader to exotic locales making his characters truly unforgettable. His attention to details of the local flavor set his stories apart as not only fascinating tales, but also lessons in world culture. Shors's advocacy for international causes clearly establishes his place as one of the most humanitarian voices in fiction today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Molly on September 11, 2011
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Stunning. Absolutely stunning. That is the best way to describe this novel by John Shors. His emotional passion, his richly detailed events, and his tenderly created characters work together in a way that pulls the readers in instantly and takes them on an emotional, thought provoking journey.

Upon opening the pages of Cross Currents, I thought to myself, that I wouldn't really like this novel. After reading more about it, I just didn't think it would be for me. But, committed to giving this author a chance, I read it. When I closed the book, I was so happy that I didn't pass it by. It really, truly blew me away.

Lek and Sarai were beautiful characters. They really showed the readers, through Mr. Shors detailed pages, what it's like to try to make the best of what you have. Patch, the American staying with Lek and Sarai and their family, helping them out around their resort, was another passionately created character. Though Patch was in trouble and hiding out with Lek and Sarai, earning his keep, I still enjoyed his character. Watching him interact with the Thai family was awesome. It showed how two cultures can be brought together and really learn about each other, really interact and become friends. Enter Ryan and Brook, Patch's brother and his girlfriend. Two more characters to fall in love with!

I loved this author. I am now a forever fan! This novel is so much more than just a great read. It's a story that will leave you breathless, thinking about places far off, wondering what life is really like there on an island like Ko Phi Phi, what life is really like when you have to make ends meet. But it will also show you the TRUE power of friendship, of a devoted family, of sticking together no matter what the end result will be.
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