June 16th, 2007

Reading to Dragon

"The River Wife" by Jonis Agee

I received this book as an advanced reader's copy through the Early Reviewers program at Random House. If anyone here would like to read it, let me know, and I'll put it in the mail to you. :)

"The River Wife" spans several generations of a southern Missouri family living alongside the Mississippi River, starting with one of the New Madrid earthquakes in 1812, and taking us beyond the Great Depression in the 1930s. I enjoyed this book very much; it kept me turning the pages, even when the events in the story were troubling (which, of course, is to be expected in a book about pioneer life; it was not unusual for people to die sudden and even violent deaths).

In a way, the title is somewhat deceptive, as there is not one, but several "river wives." Really, the story centers around "One-Armed" Jacques Ducharme, a French fur trapper who turns inn-keeper and river pirate. Collapse )

I would definitely recommend this book, as it was well-written and interesting, and I would read other books by this author. Just don't choose it when you're looking for something light and cheerful.
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