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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
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Rarely a book truly shows up for me, in that it breaks a pattern of wanting and expecting a "somethingness", but not reaching it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by beberebozo
Peace like a River is probably the best modern novel I have read in many years. I suggest this book to all my friends. My three sons and wife also love this book. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Charles Biles
I absolutely love this book! Complex characters, story woven through the lives of the characters you grow to love so much! Sad, funny, intriguing, thought provoking. Great writing. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Adele Aston
One of the best books I have read in a long time. The best brother/sister team since Jim and Scout. Highly recommended.Published 15 days ago by jbyron
this was a bit fantastical for my tastes, and belongs on the Y/A shelf. the absence of a single strong male character was almost too much for me, but i pressed on at my neighbor's... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Bob Justman