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In the winter of his 11th year, two schoolyard bullies break into the Lands' house, and Rube's big brother Davy guns them down with a Winchester. Shortly after his arrest, Davy breaks out of jail and goes on the lam. Swede is Rube's younger sister, a precocious writer who crafts rhymed epics of romantic Western outlawry. Shortly after Davy's escape, Rube, Swede, and their father, a widowed school custodian, hit the road too, swerving this way and that across Minnesota and North Dakota, determined to find their lost outlaw Davy. In the end it's not Rube who haunts the reader's imagination, it's his father, torn between love for his outlaw son and the duty to do the right, honest thing. Enger finds something quietly heroic in the bred-in-the-bone Minnesota decency of America's heartland. Peace Like a River opens up a new chapter in Midwestern literature. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Absolutely wonderful...Will be giving as gifts this christmas. A story you don't want to end..but when it does you feel at peacePublished 22 hours ago by Kenna Sue Adkins
A literary treasure. Narrated from the point of view of a young boy who appreciates the special gifts of his family. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Barbra Mchenry
I really enjoyed this book. Enger is a very good writer. The story has great characters, several themes, excellent prose and symbolism. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Melanie
I am not wordy, just wanted to say this book is lined up in my cubby of a book shelf with Grapes of Wrath and Too Kill a Mockingbird.
Literarily, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually, this book moved me and engaged me on every level. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ibachphoto
PEACE LIKE A RIVER was a Book Club selection. Members wanted to talk about deeper life perceptions, miracles and mystery. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Chauncey
This is a very moving story that touches on family, relationships, significant events and how we interpret them and they define us. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Ari's Poppy