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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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Wonderfully developed characters and beautiful, poetic writing!
As an author with my first novel in its initial release, I whole-heartedly salute Leif Enger's debut work--PEACE LIKE A RIVER.
After starting the book, I found myself wanting to keep on reading and know what happens in the end rather than dropping it.
The story telling was fantastic. The detailing of events and scenes was very realistic. I could actually see and hear the story as it was written. Read morePublished 4 days ago by maryann ruth
Leif Enger's Peace Like A River is an adventure with parallels to To Kill A Mockingbird. Enger's rich vocabulary and humorous turns of phrase add to the great plot. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Edward Field
This is one of those rare books that called me back again and again no matter what else was on my mind or how busy I was. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Brian Douglass
Read this book on the advise of a friend-really liked it. Suggested it for our Book Club(church based)-so since it had been sometime between reading and Book Club meet- decided to... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Alice C.
great book on many different levels! give this book a chance. It is quite a ride.can't wait for this arthur's textbook!Published 23 days ago by Jay M. Thompson
A magical book. Sort of a road story with people we like In a way the opposite of Canada Perfect for book clubPublished 28 days ago by Isabel B. Spencer
It was almost a 4-so I chose three A story of family love and a faith that stayed through hardships. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ruth m
One of my favorite books of all time. Enger is so irrepressibly good natured, and he handles magic and mysticism so well in a down home story of the west. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BikeMeister
we read this for book club, it was a good read but some of the story was a little unbelievable.Published 1 month ago by tswitzer