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Follow the River Home Paperback – April 14, 2016
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''Corran Harrington is a gifted writer whose voice is like a gentle current moving you into unexpected landscapes. Enter Follow the River Home, and before you know it, you find yourself meandering into the hearts of people and places you will not easily forget.'' --Roderick Clark, editor of Rosebud
''Deeply, bravely imagined, Corran Harrington's radiant fiction records the ways in which our deepest loyalties and griefs spring from our first soil, brilliantly revealing the secret ways our lives touch each other without our knowing. Compassionate, luminous, wise, this is a book to savor and give to friends.'' --Kathleen Hill, author of Who Occupies This House and Still Waters in Niger
''The beautifully intertwined stories in Corran Harrington's Follow the River Home vividly evoke the ebb and flow of life in New Mexico. Harrington's writing is thoughtful, fluid, keenly observant, and filled with voices that resonate beyond the page. I highly recommend this book.'' --Mary Wolf, owner of Collected Works bookstore, Santa Fe, New Mexico
About the Author
Corran Harrington is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Santa Fe Writers Project finalist, a Hidden River Arts Eludia Award finalist, a Bosque Fiction Contest finalist, and a New Millennium Writings Award semifinalist whose short fiction (written also as Connie Harrington) has appeared in numerous literary journals. A former lawyer, Harrington also has a background in cultural and linguistic anthropology. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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From the time he is eight, Daniel is searching for that road back home. It’s when he is eight that his little sister, Carmen, dies. He suffers a form of PTSD from her death and believes it to be his fault. As his family falls apart following her death, Daniel dabbles a bit with homosexuality with his best friend and neighbor across the street, Jeff.
Both boys are drafted and are sent to Vietnam. Daniel comes home, suffering from the most common form of PTSD, but Jeff does not. Daniel tries to live a normal life. He marries his high school sweetheart. Laura, and has a family. He still wrestles with unresolved homosexual tendencies. However, the one thing that gives him peace and helps him home is his work on the Rio Grande.
The river flowed in the irrigation ditch in front of his childhood home, and now he works collecting the water samples. It brings him peace and contentment that he cannot seem to find otherwise.
The book is broken into two parts. The first part, “The River Reader,” is a novella encompassing the events above. The second part, “The River Flyway” is an abrupt change. It’s mostly short stories which focus on other characters, like Jeff’s kid sister, Emily, and her battles with mental illness. I didn’t know who all the characters were and it was weird when the furniture in Daniels childhood home spoke. Still, the stories are beautifully written. Daniel is part of most of them and it’s near the end when readers learn what happened to cause Carmen’s death.
This book is so lyrical, moving and skillfully written I would give it 6 out of 5 stars, But because of the brusque change in voice, Follow the River Home gets 5 stars in Julie’s world.
Daniel Arroyo questions many things throughout his life. Was the death of his baby sister his fault? Is the PTSD he suffers from Vietnam real or a figment of his imagination? Did he follow the correct course of his life by marrying his high school sweetheart Laura? The list goes on and on. One thing that Daniel does not question is his work with the Rio Grande River. He has always been close to the river. Growing up he lived in front of an irrigation ditch that branched off the river. Now he works taking river samples and analyzing the river. As he questions much of his life, he finds his way back home working along the Rio Grande.
There is a lot that is going on in this book and it is a little difficult to follow at times. The first part of the book is focused on the character of Daniel Arroyo and his struggles with life beginning with the death of his sister Carmen, followed by PTSD from Vietnam, and his now struggles with possibly becoming gay. It jumps back and forth between past and present quite a bit, but this part is pretty easy to follow along for the most part. At the end of the part, you get a large part of the backstory to the sister’s death, which I was hoping to get to at the beginning of each chapter.
Then comes part two. This part covers major events and milestones that occur in part one, but from a different perspective or viewpoint. Part of this is from supporting characters (some you didn’t know existed until you read it). Some of it is even from furniture. Actually, the furniture part was very interesting because it began when the furniture was created before Daniel’s family even acquired it. As I said earlier, really unorthodox, but interesting.
The author really understood the use of literary prose the make the story flow. The descriptions provided throughout the book were amazingly detailed and managed to keep the story light and not turn it away. Tension was applied where it was needed and I really enjoyed getting some of the “rest of the story” from the events that happened in part one that more or less left the reader hanging.
There is some frequent strong foul language as well as the insinuation of male homosexual activity. This book is recommended for mature audiences.