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Run, River Currents [Kindle Edition]

Ginger Marcinkowski
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As the last of the mourners departed the ornate Catholic Church, Emily entered a side door unnoticed, walked to the coffin, and punched her dead father in the face. “You’ll never be dead enough,” she whispered. “Never.”

Determined to recover from the hands of a father who sexually abused her and an emotionally distant mother, twenty-seven-year-old Emily Evans seeks the peace she’d lost in her youth. Yet, shattered by the betrayal of those she was taught to respect and love, she fears that she may never overcome the devastating effects of generations of abuse. Will she ever let herself truly open up to the power of unconditional love?

Set in the rich backwoods of New Brunswick, Canada, Run, River Currents is inspired by a true story of abuse, pain, and the struggle to find healing and forgiveness.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961713
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (July 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RH5IUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run, River Currents - dark but very genuine August 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars From Hurt to Healed!! August 6, 2012
By Jeanie
Format:Kindle Edition
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get past the first chapter December 31, 2012
By F5
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to my heart 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Run, River Currents 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Winding Tail 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating.
I found myself captivated by the emotional turmoil of the young victim of abuse and her journey to find peace.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Ralston
4.0 out of 5 stars Pain gives way to grace.
A child who is abandoned and abused often feels angry and shamed. It is only in finding self value that the past can be left behind. This novel explores these emotional issues. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Prindaville
5.0 out of 5 stars Shattering Truths
This beautifully wrought and unsettling novel explores the legacy of devastating abuse. The main character, Emily, is born to people who never should have been parents. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kim Loomis Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling
The subject of this book is dark and unsettling, but I believe it shows some real truths about those who suffer abuse. It is a book I won't soon forget.
Published 11 months ago by P. Hegler
5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful lesson of grace!
Ginger Marcinkowski managed to artfully weave the good, the bad, the ugly and forgiveness into a tapestry called family! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeanne F. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
This is a very well written story about Emily, a young and angry woman, raised by a sexually abusive father and an emotionally distant mother. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Connie
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
This book was a hard read for me. In many ways I identified with Emily, even somehow resenting her peace at the end. But it gives me hope. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andora Henson
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiction, Religious Fiction
Twenty-seven year old Emily Evans had a horrific childhood in New Brunswick, Canada that included abuse, molestation, her mother's suicide attempts, and dysfunctional... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jill Bemis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with real life issues
5stars and a great well-written book with a powerful message that is the same yesterday today and forever forgiveness comes from within when we allow God in our life
Published 17 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I know this author, and I just loved her first book. I found it well written and felt like I was actually there while reading the story. Read more
Published 18 months ago by LS
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More About the Author

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, 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 will be published in the Spring of 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 is currently a judge for the ACFW 's prestigious 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 that in the past, she had been 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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