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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 Original edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045123460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

More About the Author

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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CROSS CURRENTS is the fifth novel by the gifted author John Shors.
Jennifer L. Vido
Shors did a masterful job of showing us the interactions between family members in their own family as well as between the two families.
Romancing the Book
Each character is fully fleshed out and I found that I had strong feelings about all of them.
Sara S. Pearce

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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
Format: Paperback
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 Doug B on September 25, 2011
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Cross Currents is a wonderful novel, one that brings to life a place of majestic beauty, characters of remarkable strength, and a story that is quite unique and profound.
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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 Joanne Long on May 20, 2012
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Let me start off by saying that I loved the writing in this novel! Shors portrayed the beauty of Thailand so wonderfully that I would love to take my next vacation there. We have the opportunity to be given this story through several different viewpoints, which helps the story unfold in a way that makes you want to stay up late into the night reading.

Lek and Sarai are happy Thailand residents that own a small resort right on the beach. They love the life they have with their children in the small tourist community, but struggle daily to cover the costs of daily needs. Could the upkeep of the resort and the basic financial needs be more than they expected? Throughout the novel they consider uprooting their family to move to the city to give them more financial options.

Patch is a carefree man who seems to live one day at a time. After getting into trouble in Bangkok, he fleas to the remote Island of Ko Phi Phi, hoping to hide from the authorities. He turns out to be an answered prayer when he arrives at the Rainbow Resort, being able to help Lek and Sarai with maintenance issues they couldn't otherwise afford. Not only does this family let him into their resort, but they also open their home and hearts to him and treat him like a member of the family. Patch knows this can only last so long as he is hiding from the law.

Things start to change for Patch when his brother, Ryan, shows up to help him sort out his legal dilemma. Ryan brought his girlfriend Brooke along with him, hoping they will have a chance to strengthen their relationship while they are in paradise. He's not sure if they can strengthen a romance that never sparked in the first place.
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