- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (October 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763625914
- ISBN-13: 978-0763625917
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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All Rivers Flow to the Sea Hardcover – October 11, 2005
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Grade 9 Up–Sisters Ivy and Rose have shared secrets, attended high school together, and always been there for one another. Ivy, 18, has always been the free spirit, while Rose, 17, has always been the grounded one. When they are involved in an accident from which Ivy never recovers, Rose has to learn how to piece life back together without her. The story is a stark interweaving of the present and pre-accident events, and while it is not lengthy, it still captures a full range of emotion and turmoil before reaching a resolution. At times, McGhee's recurring, Ivy and I had an accident. It was dusk in the Adirondacks that night, and we were coming around a curve seems oppressive. However, as the story progresses, more is added to those two lines, leading to the discovery of what has occurred and how the characters' lives were altered. Rose's mother refuses to let Ivy go, but never visits the nursing home where she remains on life support. She won't talk about the accident, and is emotionally unavailable to Rose. Ivy's boyfriend finally makes an appearance, which shatters the ambivalence that has surrounded the accident for so long. Rose's main support is found through the family neighbor, William T., who drives her to the nursing home every day, while offering bits of spiritual wisdom and guidance. Rose seeks out sexual relationships in order to feel again–even if that feeling is hurt. While readers struggle along with Rose, they will gain a new perspective about the importance of family and of the grieving process.–Emily Garrett, Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX
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Gr. 8-11. "Who am I, if not Ivy's sister? Who will I be, without her beside me?" Rose Latham, survivor of the car wreck that left her older sister in a permanent vegetative state, must find the answers before she can move on in life. Despite the doctor's recommendation that Rose's sister be removed from life support, their mother cannot let her daughter go, and so Rose, too, struggles to let go. Rose navigates her grief with the assistance of William T., a kindly and astute older neighbor, and the stalwart Tom Miller, a childhood friend destined to become more. Set in a small community in the Adirondacks, this somber, philosophical look at loss and the reestablishment of identity is sensitive and perceptive, and includes passages of beautiful writing. Supporting characters are complex and lovingly rendered, remaining in memory long past the last page. The rest, unfortunately, is overwritten and awkwardly repetitive, too involved with the metaphors of water and driving. Despite its literary imperfections, this remains an insightful work that will touch readers. Holly Koelling
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Being a fan of Ms. McGhee's, I am very slowly working my way through her writing only because I don't want to run out of her wonderful books. She is amazing!
This book is listed as a TEEN book. Adults, have at it. This is one heck of a good read.
Ms. McGhee hits home with her stunning story of young teenaged Rose trying to deal with an accident that leaves her sister, Ivy, in a coma and on a respirator.
Poor Rose -- dealing with the death of someone you love is hard enough and hurts so badly that I cannot imagine being part of the accident that leaves Ivy at death's door and Rose OK. Rose has a hard time dealing with this situation also and this book tells the story of her coping.
Rose cannot imagine life without her sister, Ivy. Ivy and Rose are two extremely close sisters. The sentence that keeps repeating throughout the book -- "IVY AND I HAD AN ACCIDENT. IT WAS DUSK IN THE ADIRONDACKS, AND WE WERE COMING AROUND A CURVE AND THE LIGHT BLUE TRUCK CAME SLIDING" -- that ONE sentence hits home each time you read it and each time it is like a blow to your mind and your gut.
Rose tries to cope with her sister's situation and in the best way she knows how. Rose visits Ivy each day and it hurts her that their mother will not set foot in the hospital. How Rose deals with her life -- a life that is a gift she cannot deal with -- why is she alive and her sister is in a coma? This young girl deals with many, many issues and you cannot help but admire her.
The characters ring true and life-like. Ms. McGhee sneaks in a few characters for a visit from her other novels. This is good, I really like this.
Rose makes it through each day, has a hard time coping with her mother's non-interest in Ivy, her mom's obsession with making paper cranes, dealing with the kids at school who don't understand how Rose is feeling and what she is going through emotionally. Through no fault of their own, her friends are treating Rose in a different way, and while they cannot see this, Rose certainly can and this makes her life even harder.
I LOVED this book. Having lost my dad 14 years ago, I could really feel Rose's pain and know how she was totally feeling. The phrase WE ALL WALK AROUND WITH A STONE IN OUR SHOE really is true. EVERYONE has pain and sorrow in their life, but living is what makes all that hurt worth the journey. Rose had to learn that it was OK that she was alive and living. She had to learn how to deal with the accident and what happened to her sister, Ivy.
And we all have to learn how to deal with stones in our shoes. READ THIS BOOK. I highly recommend it. It is filled with great characters, some sadness, but mostly it is filled with love.
Ivy can best be described as moving water. she was constantly in motion and brought others along for the ride. Rose was the still, silent water that needed that rush of Ivy to keep her moving. with Ivy gone, Rose is totally lost. she feels the water inside her bursting and pushing and stirring to get out. she feels an ache in her heart she can't get rid of and tries to make that pain tangible just to try and release it.
the reader meets Rose in the most raw stage of her grief, which is shortly after the accident while Ivy is in the hospital. there's no mystery to what happened - a car crash. there's no mystery about who survived - Rose did and Ivy has zero brain activity and is alive only by machines. the only mystery we have is how Rose will cope with this loss. how can Rose move on when her mother refuses to visit her own daughter in the hospital? how can Rose move on when she has so much hurt, so much pressure, so much water inside of her struggling to move that the only way she knows how to feel is to hurt? how can Rose move on knowing Ivy can't move her fingers, her toes, or her eyelids?
much like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, by entering into the story after the event has occurred, we are immediately immersed into the emotional storms of the characters. McGhee does an incredible job connecting Rose's pain with us as the reader. we experience her grief from her perspective and the poetic and cyclical storytelling compliments her insights and connects it all home with the reader. frequently the narrative is brought back to the accident, jumps to the present, and slips to the back into childhood memories lyrically and flawlessly. the emphasis on the love between sisters and loving neighbors who invest in Rose wholeheartedly create a tight-knit cast of characters that weave seamlessly into the plot.
i was so impressed with this brief, yet incredibly powerful and insightful story of grief and hope. Rose struggles with her grief within the high school setting and on a personal level from cover to cover. this is the type of book where the lump in your throat begins on page one and doesn't leave. ever.
fave quote: "But I do. I do know. I Know all about noise and electricity, silent screams running up and down the waterways of my body. I know about walking, rhythm, the cadence of footsteps that tire my muscles and bring me peace, bring me peace, bring me peace." (57-58)
fix er up: i could have read this story forever. i was bummed it was short, but i also felt like it was perfect the length it was.
title: All Rivers Flow to the Sea
author: Alison McGhee
genre: Contemporary, Grief
publisher: Candlewick Press