The River King

The River King

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Baker & Taylor
A town divided by class lines is thrown into turmoil by a mysterious death, which begins to unravel the lives of a fifteen-year-old girl, a young boy, and a woman running from her own destiny.

Blackwell North Amer
For more than a century, the small town of Haddan, Massachusetts, has been divided, as if by a line drawn down the center of Main Street, separating those born and bred in the village from those who attend the prestigious Haddan School. But one October night after an inexplicable death, the two worlds are thrust together and the town's divided history is revealed in all its complexity. The lives of everyone involved are unraveled: from Carlin Leander, the fifteen year-old who is as loyal as she is proud, to Betsy Chase, a woman running from her own destiny; from August Pierce, a boy who unexpectedly finds courage in his darkest hour, to Abel Grey, the police officer who refuses to let unspeakable actions - both past and present - slide by without notice.

Baker
& Taylor

A town divided by class lines is thrown into turmoil by a mysterious death, which begins to unravel the lives of a fifteen-year-old girl, a young boy, and a women running from her own destiny. By the author of Local Girls. 90,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780399145995
0399145990
Branch Call Number: FIC Hoffman, A 2000
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 24 cm

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CHARTMAN3 Mar 10, 2016

If you enjoy the lyrical writing and mystical connection to nature in Hoffman's books, I recommend The Poet's Secret by Kenneth Zak. He writes with the same beautiful prose and immerses the reader into his story's beautiful setting. His poetry at the beginning of each chapter is incredible, also.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 11, 2014

Once again the master of magical realism has written a lyrical, alluring and highly suspenseful novel. A private school in a small town in Massachusetts is the setting for a story of love, murder and the scent of roses so strong it makes young girls faint.

mberk Dec 01, 2011

Rated a NY Times Bestseller - reminds me that being a best seller doesn't guarantee quality writing. The narration would shift mid-paragraph as would tenses making it hard to follow in some places. The plot was OK, but predictable and sad from start to finish - great coverage of bullying though if you're a parent or teacher.

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lee_robb
Jul 07, 2011

Tense and riveting thriller.

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