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Title:The River Wife
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Publisher:Random House
ISBN:1400065968
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Number of Pages:393
Category:Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical, Th century, Abandoned

The River Wife by Jonis Agee

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The River Wife From acclaimed novelist Jonis Agee whom i The New York Times Book Review i called a gifted poet of that dark lushness in the heart of the American landscape i The River Wife i is a sweeping panoramic story that ranges from the New Madrid earthquake of through the Civil War to the bootlegging days of the s .

When the earthquake brings Annie Lark s Missouri house down on top of her she finds herself pinned under the massive roof beam facing certain death Rescued by French fur trapper Jacques Ducharme Annie learns to love the strong brooding man and resolves to live out her days as his River Wife .

More than a century later in Hedie Rails comes to Jacques Landing to marry Clement Ducharme a direct descendant of the fur trapper and river pirate and the young couple begin their life together in the very house Jacques built for Annie so long ago When night after late night mysterious phone calls take Clement from their home a pregnant Hedie finds comfort in Annie s leather bound journals But as she reads of the sinister dealings and horrendous misunderstandings that spelled out tragedy for the rescued bride Hedie fears that her own life is paralleling Annie s and that history is repeating itself with Jacques kin .

Among the family s papers Hedie encounters three other strong willed women who helped shape Jacques Ducharme s life Omah the freed slave who took her place beside him as a river raider his second wife Laura who loved money more than the man she married and Laura and Jacques daughter Maddie a fiery beauty with a nearly uncontrollable appetite for love Their stories together with Annie s weave a haunting tale of this mysterious seductive and ultimately dangerous man a man whose hand stretched over generations of women at a bend in the river where fate and desire collide i The River Wife i richly evokes the nineteenth century South at a time when lives changed with the turn of a card or the flash of a knife Jonis Agee vividly portrays a lineage of love and heartbreak passion and deceit as each river wife comes to discover that blind devotion cannot keep the truth at bay nor the past from haunting the present .

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No one is better than Jonis Agee at capturing the bone deep desire and big eyed longing of a hardscrabble small town life This major collection highlighting Agee s astonishing literary achievements includes powerful new stories and a comprehensive selection from her critically acclaimed books i Pretend We ve Never Met Bend This Heart A Special and a Broken Heart i and i Taking the Wall i br br Jonis Agee s stories are as broad as their landscape spanning the Great Lakes and traveling through the Great Plains on a straight shot to the heart i The New York Times i refers to Agee s short fiction as the clear eyed reports of someone who sees things as they are not as she would wish them to be and each story in this collection is raw deeply memorable and dedicated to brutally introspective and truthful moments br br In i Acts of Love on Indigo Road i Agee s characters continue to dream big and love deep while rushing headlong into the awareness that finally there are only the dead to bear witness to what acts of love can do to the world br br In story after story the mask drops away from gen tility and we come face to face with the truth These stories are beautiful because of their courage there is nothing they are afraid to say Charles Baxter on i Bend This Heart i br br b Jonis Agee b is the author of four novels four collections of short fiction and a book of poetry Three of her books i Strange Angels Bend This Heart and Sweet Eyes i were named Notable Books of the Year by i The New York Times i i Taking the Wall i won the i ForeWord Magazine i Editor s Choice Award and i The Weight of Dreams i won the Nebraska Book Award Jonis Agee is a Nebraska native who has lived and taught throughout the Midwest She is now Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, b The award winning author of i The River Wife i returns with a multi generational family saga set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sandhills in the years following the massacre at Wounded Knee an ambitious tale of history vengeance race guilt betrayal family and belonging filled with a vivid cast of characters shaped by violence love and a desperate loyalty to the land b br br Ten years after the th Calvary massacred more than Lakota men women and children at Wounded Knee J B Bennett a white rancher and Star a young Native American woman are murdered in a remote meadow on J B s land The deaths bring together the scattered members of the Bennett family his cunning and hard father Drum his estranged wife Dulcinea and his young sons Cullen and Hayward As the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds the history of the dysfunctional Bennett s and their damning secrets are revealed exposing the conflicted heart of a nation caught between past and future br br At the center of i The Bones of Paradise i are two remarkable women Dulcinea returned after bitter years of self exile yearns for redemption and the courage to mend her broken family and reclaim the land that is rightfully hers Rose scarred by the terrible slaughters that have decimated and dislocated her people struggles to accept the death of her sister Star and refuses to rest until she is avenged br br A kaleidoscopic portrait of misfits schemers chancers and dreamers Jonis Agee s bold new novel is a panorama of America at the dawn of a new century A beautiful evocation of this magnificent blood soaked land its sweeping prairies seas of golden grass and sandy hills all at the mercy of two unpredictable and terrifying forces weather and lawlessness and the durable men and women who dared to tame it Intimate and epic i The Bones of Paradise i is a remarkable achievement a mystery a tragedy a romance and an unflagging exploration of the beauty and brutality tenderness and cruelty that defined the settling of the American west, At the age of sixteen Moline Bedwell fled her hometown of Resurrection Missouri and never looked back Now twenty years later she s intent on returning to Resurrection to take care of some family business But what started out as a short visit turns increasingly complex as Moline confronts the ghosts of her past and contends with the impact of the present on her dying hometown she struggles to save her family s pig farm from the greedy clutches of an agriculture conglomerate and she resumes her passionate affair with Dayrell Bell the wild hillbilly boy she abandoned all those years ago Jonis Agee takes us into the hearts and minds of a community on the verge of extinction and introduces us to characters so vivid and memorable that we feel as if we ve known them all our lives In South of Resurrection Agee s intensely beautiful writing proves yet again why The New York Times calls her a gifted poet of that dark lushness in the heart of the American landscape, Honest biting and bittersweet i A Special and a Broken Heart i is a rich collection of stories by critically acclaimed author Jonis Agee Packed with emoforce these stories are about people who love lose and try again br br Persistence and strength betrayal and forgiveness weakness and acceptance mercy and mystery life and death all find themselves played out in this collection