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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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The story (a journey really) and characters were well developed.
Having said this, I didnt come away from the story like I just read a religious book but rather I was left with a feeling of spirituality from the characters.
Leif Enger's heroically tragic novel is a textbook on how to write beautiful prose.
I loved the innocent purity of this book. It was so enjoyable. I'm eager to read the next new book.Published 8 days ago by BLB
I was engaged with the book, although it got pretty slow through the middle and the end was contrived. I just don't feel like I got anything out of it. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Ken Charm
Simply outstanding. Great characters, witty and flowing dialogue, a believable plot. Not to mention the philosophical reflections on pain, death, guilt, faith. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Joshua D. Reitano
What a joy! I loved this book, this story and this author's turn of word and phrase from page one!
I feel the starting point for my review should be religion, since I... Read more
Leif Enger's elegant prose drives the plot line of a beautiful coming-of-age story. I would give this more stars if I could.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer