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River Talk Paperback – March 26, 2014
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Though journalist Anderson is a first-time author, her sensitive and startlingly perceptive debut proves she's on her way to being a master... [Her] gifts of attention and emotional precision are on shining display... A triumphant, probing debut that promises both literary and mass appeal.
--Kirkus Review (Starred)
"A stellar, fully realized collection of stories. River Talk is grounded, wonderfully, in the river valleys of Western Maine but Anderson knows her diverse collection of characters just as intimately - their desires, their secrets - and you come away not only understanding a place but the soul of its people."
--Peter Orner, award-winning author of Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge and five other books
"I adored these stories, every one of which engaged my mind and my heart. Anderson writes with wisdom, generosity, and beauty about people we don't see often enough in contemporary literature. She gives us minimum-wage strivers, doing their best and sometimes their worst, and asks us to see them, hear them, walk with them for a while. Anderson is a marvelous writer, but her best gift is simple and rare: empathy."
--Monica Wood, best-selling author of When We Were the Kennedys and six other books
"In the tradition of Winesburg, Ohio, CB Anderson follows the discrete and diverse lives of characters in a small town, revealing both the heart and heartache that surrounds us all. This is a powerful and wonderfully insightful book; I can't imagine a reader who wouldn't come away moved and illuminated."
--Antonya Nelson, award-winning author of Bound and nine other books
"This intriguing book is centered by the understated murmuring of the river in the background, seemingly constant, but, in fact, endlessly changing and with the potential for reinvention... Readers will feel drawn to these characters written with empathy and compassion."
- San Francisco Book Review
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Fine stories, full of feeling and matter and grace, given with the truthful prose of necessary work.Published 5 days ago by Frederick G. Dillen
Great collection of short stories--complex characters, interesting plot lines and beautifully written!Published 18 months ago by Leslie Goldberg
A simply superb collection of stories. CB Anderson bestows on her reader an intimate knowledge of people: how they react, what they feel, and what makes them tick. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marcus Watson
I loved this book. It has totally made me into a short story fan. Each story was really good, but I loved the one about the cult. Read morePublished 21 months ago by James Wright
This book contains a magical collection of stories. Like CB Anderson, I too grew up in Maine, but I didn't know many of her characters, who are fascinating, a good deal edgier than... Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Gould