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Two strong, opposing forces run through Run, River Currents--one of rage, violence and shame, the other of grace and redemption... Set along the beautiful yet life-claiming Tobique River, Ginger Marcinkowski's novel is graced with narrative profluence and lyrical descriptions. It will leave you drenched, breathless, on your knees and gasping for air.
--Sara Pritchard, author of Crackpots (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) and Help Wanted: Female (2012-13)

 
Stories must be told about children who are scarred, whose physical injuries and emotional damage are inflicted at the hands of those society has entrusted with their care. This is a tale of wrongdoing and the victimization of innocents, of forgiveness and redemption, that you won't be able to put down until the last line of the last page.
--Gale Martin, author of Grace Unexpected (2012) and Indie Excellence finalist Don Juan in Hankey, PA

 
This family saga spans three generations of abuse, hoarded secrets, crippling guilt and, ultimately, a cleansing, cathartic redemption. Marcinkowski's great talent is for the breathtakingly perfect detail. And she knows when to employ, with stunning impact, a single shocking action that will turn the tide of a character's life for good.
--Lenore Hart, author of The Raven's Bride and Book of the Month Club selection Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher
 
An amazing book...Run, River Currents is one young woman's heart-wrenching story of pain and abuse, rage and resentment...and her life-changing struggle to learn the power of unconditional love. A must-read.
--Jim Jordan, filmmaker and award-winning celebrity & fashion photographer (Elle, Marie Claire, Vogue)

 

From the Author

Instructors of Creative Writing repeated the words, "The first book any new writer pens is the book that had to be written." I now fully understand those words. For three gut-wrenching years, this book begged to be put to paper. My intent was to write a humorous biography about my mother, a woman who raised a boat-load of children on her own. But for some reason, I could not make the stories resonate, so the humor turned to heartbreak as this story was released from me...coaxed by a writer whose own heart somehow understood the story that was within. It is a story of fiction, but the rawness of some of the events is based on truth. Run, River Currents is not an easy story to read, but somehow, in the midst of what may seem hopeless, God planted a seed of His grace and ultimately brought Emily to the place of joy she so long sought.
The Button Legacy, my prequel / sequel to Run, River Currents, tells a much happier "rest of the story," as well as the background of my godly grandfather whom God used in Emily's life to ultimately lead her to Himself. Lacing together a godly heritage and the power of one man's prayers, The Button Legacy offers a lesson of how God's grace can be seen even in the simplest thing--a button.

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  • File Size: 670 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (July 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RH5IUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ginger Marcinkowski was born in northern Maine along the Canadian border, a setting that plays a prominent role in Run, River Currents. She is one of eight siblings.

Her debut novel, Run, River Currents, a story of abuse at the hands of her father, was published in August 2012, was a 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Awards, and a 2013 Kindle Book Award Finalist, also winning honorable mentions in national awards and festivals. The Button Legacy, a novella, was published in June 2013, was written as a prequel / sequel to Run, River Currents. Her next novel, The Button Heritage was published in 2014 and is the full story of the Polk families journey of faith told through buttons collected over generations. The Button Legacy concludes Run, River Currents dramatic story of healing and forgiveness.

Ginger has been a public speaker and visiting lecturer for many years. She has been a professional reader for the James Jones First Novel Award ($10,000 prize), and has been a judge for the ACFW 's prestigious Genesis and Carol Awards. She is actively involved in the Hampton Roads Writers Association and is a member of the ACFW and AWP Writer's Associations.

An interesting fact about Ginger is in the past, she was a travel agent for many years, which is the catalyst for her new series of mystery books whose main character is a travel agent.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By NY Reviewer on August 1, 2012
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This is a really dark book, but the author does a great job of showing the unpolished truth of how a child who has grown up with sexual abuse really views life. Particularly helpful, I think, for spouses or close friends of abuse victims, in that it allows us to understand where the victims' perspectives of people and life are coming from. People don't easily "move on" from the darkness they live in, and this book shows that - while also ultimately showing that Another Way is possible. Not easy, but possible. Redemption is always possible and is something God always longs to do for each of us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeanie on August 6, 2012
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A raw story of past hurts, yet ultimately finding healing of the heart and soul. This is a gripping story for anyone who has suffered abuse or knows someone who has.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F5 on December 31, 2012
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I should've known when I read the foreword in the book about injustices done to children in earlier decades... I don't feel the need to read detailed accounts of child abuse and molestation in order to understand the main characters. I simply turned off the book and started a new one. I wish I could erase the images I already read, but unfortunately I can't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paleface on August 18, 2012
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I didn't want the book to end, the story left me wanting so much more. I hope there will be a sequel, the main character Emily has a whole bunch of stories left to tell. One thing I have always believed is that no matter how well you think you know someone, behind closed doors can always be a different situation. I'm recommending this book to everyone I know, there are so many people who are touched by abuse in it's many forms. I believe this story can enlighten and give hope to all who read it. To my darling sister and best friend, I love you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B Covington on August 14, 2012
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I found Run, River Currents to be a page turner. Really liked descriptions and writing style. A dark novel with many sad truths. I finished it in tears and hope for Emily's future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By spelloni on August 15, 2012
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This was a great read despite the despairing topic of sexual, emotional, physical and verbal abuse. The author definitely knows how to evoke every emotion possible from the reader. She kept me totally immersed in the story and emotionally tied to each of the main characters. One minute I was crying, then enraged and then there would be a quick quip that had me laughing. There was always curious anticipation as to where the story would go next. Even though it was a sad story, as mentioned in other reviews, a story of great hope. I loved the writer's style and creativity and am very much looking forward to Ginger Marcinkowski's next writing endeavor. GREAT first novel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brookley Bones on February 23, 2013
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The story was good and well told but not emotional enough for such an emotional subject. Did not like the end. Wrapped up everything too easily and, suddenly, everything was all better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 13, 2012
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This book captured me immediately, and didn't let go until the last page. The writing is beautiful and conveys the characters' pain so well that I found myself riding an emotional roller coaster as I read. Ultimately, the message is one of hope and it left me feeling at peace. I absolutely recommend this novel.
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