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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: October 27, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001JHT7UW
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"All Rivers Flow to the Sea" is a short novel about a teenage girl dealing with grief and loss. Rose and her sister were in a car accident, another driver hit them and her sister has been in a coma for months. Her mother hasn't been to the hospital since the day of the accident. Rose does not know how to live her life alone because she has never been alone and going back to school she does not know how to deal with the looks and the whispers that her sister is a vegetable and someone should pull the plug. What Alison McGhee gives the reader is a very real feeling story about Rose and how she deals, acts out, comes back, and finds healing in her life and acceptance about her sister. This is a novel that presents a true human challenge for Rose and one that I do not remember reading about, and certainly not quite like this. Likely, this novel will appeal to teenage girls and girls who have had to deal with grief in their own lives.
Alison McGhee has done something remarkable with "All Rivers Flow to the Sea." Not only has she written an excellent short novel for a particular age group, she has written a novel that transcends the age group. If I didn't know that this was "teen fiction" I would easily put this among her adult novels.Read more ›
What Mcghee achieves with words -- the fluid and static movement of life and death itself -- is beyond what I can use words to describe. Her writing is brilliant -- stark, poetic, never forced. This book reads like a dream, it has that mesmerizing and sometimes surreal quality. Not surreal in the extreme sense of the term, but in the sense that what happens in day to day life is sometimes simply beyond one's grasp of reality. The writing style is repetitive, but only insofar as Rose's thoughts continue to circle around "the accident," and the repetition builds until you begin to notice slight differences. I don't know what to call this technique -- it is like a translation of what happens in your mind, into words on a page. Never overdone, just the suggestion, which keeps you knowing that for every time Rose repeats to herself "Ivy and I had an accident," this stands not for one repetition, but for hundreds, thousands.
This is a story/stories of how Rose finds a way to let go of Ivy *and* to let her live, and what she learns about her own resilience and her own desire to live and love in the process. Simply and beautifully written. For younger adults? I think this is classic literature of a contemporary age.Read more ›
17-year-old Rose was in a car accident. Her manta, repeated over and over, is "Ivy and I were in an accident. It was dusk in the Adirondacks that night, and we were coming around a curve." Now Rose is a freak at high school--the girl with a sister in a coma. Rose and Ivy's mom can't face the comatose Ivy and works overtime at the bottling factory to escape from life. Rose is numb. Will giving her body away to her classmates let her _feel_ something?
The world should have stopped, but it didn't. The world kept on going. Since the accident the seasons have changed, meaning changes in the outfits for Rose and Ivy's classmates. "Goodbye Romeo and Juliet; hello, Hamlet. Goodbye World War II; hello, Korea. Goodbye, rudiments of string theory and hello, chaos complexity."
"Hello June. Goodbye March, when it happened, and goodbye April, when Icy slept, and goodbye May, when Ivy slept, and hello June, and Ivy sleeps on."
Will Rose be able to drive again? To come to terms with a mom who avoids reality? To form a healthy relationship?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
in a sentence or so: Rose and her sister Ivy were in a car accident that leaves both sisters hanging in-between existences - Ivy hangs between life and death while Rose hangs... Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Lisa Schensted
ALL RIVERS FLOW TO THE SEA
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. Read more
Wow. Alison McGhee really gets it. The terrible, omnipresent, obsessive pain of losing someone who is so much a part of who you are. Read morePublished on January 6, 2008 by Summer
In All Rivers Flow to the Sea, Alison Mcghee captures the essence of raw, unresolved grief (not that the loss of a beloved family member is ever completely resolved). Read morePublished on December 16, 2007 by Tad B. Coles
I think the first thing that was made clear about this book was the quality of writing itself. There was this consistent, smooth flow that was maintained all throughout the story. Read morePublished on November 13, 2007 by Biblibio
I loved Alison McGhee's Shadow Baby, so I was looking forward to reading this book. I was really disappointed with the writing and the lack of character development. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by Caitlin Adams
Alison McGhee's story is about 17 year-old Rose surviving a collision in which she and her older sister, Ivy, were innocent victims. Read morePublished on June 8, 2006 by mcHaiku
Teen Rose can't help but relive the accident that left her older sister in a coma: her efforts to resolve or distract herself from the memories aren't working, and her family and... Read morePublished on December 14, 2005 by Midwest Book Review