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On a stormy, windswept night, Guy Jerald tried to kill himself. But he did not die. Now, the fifty-five-year-old Pennsylvania powerbroker and business titan—a living example of the American Dream—lies in a bed in a psychiatric hospital. He is on suicide watch, barely able to recognize his wife and two adult children. But a visitor from his distant past will open the floodgates.
During one of the most harrowing battles of World War II, Guy saved the life of fellow soldier James Meyer. Now, James is a celebrated British psychiatrist determined to repay the favor and bring his old friend back from the brink. As the source of Guy’s pain emerges, James must come to terms with his own unfulfilled goals and a mounting crisis that will test him in ways he never could have imagined.
Shifting between the past and the present, Bright Flows the River is a story of faith, friendship, and the road not taken, in which a powerful, successful man may finally get the chance to become the person he long ago dreamed he could be.
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Taylor Caldwell in the 1930's
A portrait of Caldwell at the start of her career in the late 1930s.
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Caldwell receiving an award in Los Angeles, California, for A Pillar of Iron after its publication in 1965.
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Caldwell at a cocktail party with her daughter, Peggy, and the hostess of a research world cruise on the SS President Wilson in 1970.
“Few will not be totally engrossed with this tale of a man in midlife crisis who has come close to destroying himself.” —Publishers Weekly
“Immensely fascinating.” —Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph
Praise for Taylor Caldwell
“Taylor Caldwell spins a yarn with force . . . Her sense of timing and her ability to keep even the most alert reader guessing is something readers don’t find very often.” —Hartford Courant
“Taylor Caldwell never falters when it comes to storytelling.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- ASIN : B01M7U9AW4
- Publisher : Open Road Media (November 15, 2016)
- Publication date : November 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 4212 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 622 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #554,168 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I see by the one-star review that third-wave feminists are going to have a hard time with the “sexism” of the novel. I like to think Caldwell would have written the same words today. Sexism is beside the point of this novel. The point is that we all must make a choice about how we will live the one uncertain life we get, and then find the courage to pursue it, or we are lost.
I wouldn’t have put up with Guy’s surliness, but that was his lover Beth’s free choice. She saw something in him. And thank God for the Beths, Jameses, Emmas and Toms of this world.
Read the novel and see what you think. And live your own brief life as you wish. It’s your life.
I disagree with one of the comments that said that in this books characters do what they like without any thought for anyone else. If you look carefully, those who chose to do live the way they feel like have no children or married children, and their spouse actually feels relieved by their decision. No one is hurt by their choice, on the contrary.
It isn't a book about the puerile "following your dreams" it is a book about living your life for yourself and not to impress others or to make others think well of you.
And as always with Taylor, the book is strewn with reflections on life, love, religion, education and wars...