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From acclaimed novelist Jonis Agee, whom The New York Times Book Review called “a gifted poet of that dark lushness in the heart of the American landscape,” The River Wife is a sweeping, panoramic story that ranges from the New Madrid earthquake of 1811 through the Civil War to the bootlegging days of the 1930s.

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 1930, 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.

The River Wife 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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Chronicles the adventure-filled life of Jacques Ducharme, a French fur trapper and river pirate, and the five women whose lives he touches--Annie Lark, whom he rescues in the wake of the 1811 New Madrid earthquake; his second wife Laura; Omah, a freed slave and fellow river raider; Maddie, his young daughter; and Hedie Rails, betrothed to his grandson, Clement. 60,000 first printing.

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Jonis Agee is an award-winning author whose novels include the New York Times Notable Books Sweet Eyes and Strange Angels. A native of Nebraska, Agee spent most of her childhood summers in Missouri near Lake of the Ozarks. She taught for many years at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After a long absence, she returned to Nebraska, where she lives north of Omaha on an acreage along the Missouri River and teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588366306
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Agee, Jonis
Author:
Jonis Agee
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
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Women
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Missouri
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General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Publication Date:
20070717
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
393

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Product details 393 pages Random House - English 9781588366306 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Chronicles the adventure-filled life of Jacques Ducharme, a French fur trapper and river pirate, and the five women whose lives he touches--Annie Lark, whom he rescues in the wake of the 1811 New Madrid earthquake; his second wife Laura; Omah, a freed slave and fellow river raider; Maddie, his young daughter; and Hedie Rails, betrothed to his grandson, Clement. 60,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Jonis Agee is an award-winning author whose novels include the New York Times Notable Books Sweet Eyes and Strange Angels. A native of Nebraska, Agee spent most of her childhood summers in Missouri near Lake of the Ozarks. She taught for many years at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After a long absence, she returned to Nebraska, where she lives north of Omaha on an acreage along the Missouri River and teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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