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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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Excellent writing. Kept me engaged. This is the kind of book written by the kind of author I am always looking for. I will definitely read more books by Leif Enger.Published 1 day ago by Judith
This book was recommend by a friend and it didn't disappoint!!!Published 13 days ago by Sallee Jones
A literary perfection. I have lent my copy to everyone I know and also purchased copies for gifts.
Best book a have read in ages. An absolute pleasure of a read.Published 18 days ago by Rebecca Davis
One of the best books I've read in a while. Unforgettable characters.Published 18 days ago by Christian Rothwell
The writing was superb, but the more my book group talked the more we decided it was very weird. Not sure I would recommend it!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara Bush