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The River

by Peter Heller

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The River by Peter Heller
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2019, 272 pages
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    Mar 2020, 272 pages

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Introspective and emotionally-resonant, Peter Heller takes readers through a struggle for physical survival that shifts into a meditation on morality.

Jack and Wynn are college friends on a canoeing trip down the Maskwa River in Northern Canada. They've agreed to take a semester off from school in order to maximize time on the river, and for the most authentic adventure possible, they do not bring a satellite phone. Despite their strong wilderness skills, their adventure is put to the test when they discover a massive forest fire threatens to overtake them. Even worse, while paddling through the fog, they overhear a heated argument between a husband and wife camped on the riverside, only to find a man paddling alone the next day. What starts off as a fun-filled retreat into nature becomes a race against time that pits them against the very river they meant to savor.

Heller's narration shifts in intensity, one moment supremely focused on his characters, the next at a distance from them. Initially, the third person point-of-view ...

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