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River Season is an excellent first novel—it’s moving, crisply written, and the characters are convincing and appealing. -- Larry McMurtry

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Jim Black grew up in Archer City, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142004448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142004449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,420,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lifelong Texan, Jim Black was born in Center, Texas, in 1953 and grew up in Archer City. Today, he and his wife Lorrie reside in Wichita Falls. In his spare time, Jim enjoys participation in community theater at Archer City's historic Royal Theater as a playwright, actor, director and producer.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ReadnStudy on August 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A great read for anyone who remembers how uncomplicated life used to be - and perhaps more important for those who don't! In the short span of 200 pages, you'll laugh out loud, you'll cry, you'll recall the warmth of childhood friendships, and even fall in love with the boys and Sam and Rose and Tick the Dog. Mr. Black certainly has a way of putting words on a page that invokes wonderful mental images - Big Foot, asteroids, and Marlon Brando on a scooter? River Season received quite a bit of positive media attention in North Central Texas, making the book's release highly anticipated and well received. Having now enjoyed his first book, I'm sure many readers share my enthusiasm and interest for Jim Black's future works! I had a great time reading River Season! I was initially pleased to see it broken into short chapters thinking I'd be able to read as time allowed; however, I was quickly hooked and didn't want to put it down! I recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 2003
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River Season is a very fun, sentimental, nostalgic read. It held me captive from the first page to the last. The author, Jim Black, uses a writing style that is very readable, flowing easily from one chapter to the next. I think this novel will appeal to all readers from age ten to one hundred but also to individuals who do not identify themselves as readers. The story setting is a small town in the mid sixties, and the plot revolves around Jim at thirteen as he experiences friendship, love, loss and other lessons of life. This reader experienced emotions from laughing out loud to crying out loud. River Season brings back fond memories of growing up in a tight community with very unique, memorable and sometimes eccentric characters. I highly recommend this book. This book is also recommended for high school english students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Poet Antuan Simmons on August 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Reminded me of the T.V show the Wonder Years with the actor Fred Savage. Instead it is River Season with Jim Black being the narrator. I enjoyed the storytelling, you really get a feel for the kids in this book. Wholesome, would make a an excellent buddy movie. Kind of like Goonies without the frightful stuff. There is definately a scene I thought that was totally brilliant. The main character is dreaming of this girl name Lorrie, and he describes an orchid scene or a plain full of flowers, he describes the girl as a flower, it was very poetic, being a poet myself, I was very impressed. Touched me deeply. If you want a good Sunday afternoon read (that is when I read it) Highly recommend "River Season" Added information " I heard the play was just as good, better." The Poet Antuan Rene' Simmons website
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on January 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Rebeccasreads highly recommends RIVER SEASON as a wonder-filled, redemptive novel about "misfits": a boy who misses his father, who has made friends with two other boys also without their fathers. It seesaws between mischief & mayhem, real scary adventures & inventive capers. It tells of the blossoming of love in all its different guises: of an old man & his stories, of a wounded old dog, of boys who stand by each other, of the night of the soul, of a girl, of the game of baseball, & of the constant river.

RIVER SEASON is the quintessential American small town boys' experience told with charm, humor & magic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thumbelita on August 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this novel, and it was one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a while! I would love to be able to ask the author if the stories are all real, because they seem impossible and yet possible. It was beautiful and flowed like the river he obviously loves so much. The best part is that it was sweet and sentimental, yet had a touch of tragedy that made it human enough to relate to. I'm looking forward to more from this man!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill W. Tyler on September 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
The characters in this book came alive for me. I found myself wanting to participate in the antics of Jim, Gary, and Charles. It was easy to fully engage in the story as the writing is warm and inviting. The fluid pace immerses the reader as he experiences the River Big himself. At the same time, the themes are reminiscent of a much simpler time. River Season is a thoroughly enjoyable read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Phillips on August 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This books is a treasure of humor, incite, and love. Don't miss a chance to read this book. In a simple straightforward style Jim Black tells a simple story of small town America. When you finish you will be left with a whole lot more than just a simple story. You will be warmed by the reality that we are all in this big river together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Story on February 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I recently came across this work by happenstance. I ordered a copy and was astonished that such a well-rounded literary work was being dispensed at so a low price and under the radar of public attention. As a fellow published author, I felt great compassion toward Mr. Black. I wish to make it clear that there is no connection or ulterior motive in my review. Mr. Black has done a masterful job of recounting some of his own personal life experiences into a "fiction" work. His ability to come across to the reader in such a simplistic fashion yet with boulder sized impact is very worthy of respect amongst his peers, his audience and a testament to his talent. "River Season" is a gem. My best wishes to all the happy hunters, archivist and students of the endearing human spirit who "stumble" across this work. (Lonnie D. Story, Author of "The Meeting of Anni Adams: The Butterfly of Luxembourg"
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