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River of Heaven: A Novel

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“You have to know the rest of my story, the

part I can’t yet bring myself to say. A story

of a boy I knew a long time ago and a

brother I loved and then lost.”

Past and present collide in Lee Martin’s highly anticipated novel of a man, his brother, and the dark secret that both connects and divides them. Haunting and beautifully wrought, River of Heaven weaves a story of love and loss, confession and redemption, and the mystery buried with a boy named Dewey Finn.

On an April evening in 1955, Dewey died on the railroad tracks outside Mt. Gilead, Illinois, and the mystery of his death still confounds the people of this small town.

River of Heaven begins some fifty years later and centers on the story of Dewey’s boyhood friend Sam Brady, whose solitary adult life is much formed by what really went on in the days leading up to that evening at the tracks. It’s a story he’d do anything to keep from telling, but when his brother, Cal, returns to Mt. Gilead after decades of self-exile, it threatens to come to the surface.

A Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Bright Forever, Lee Martin masterfully conveys, with a voice that is at once distinct and lyrical, one man’s struggle to come to terms with the outcome of his life. Powerful and captivating, River of Heaven is about the high cost of living a lie, the chains that bind us to our past, and the obligations we have to those we love.

Synopsis:

The mysterious 1955 death of teenager Dewey Finn on the railroad tracks outside Mt. Gilead, Illinois, has a profound impact on the people of the small town, including Dewey's boyhood friend Sam Brady, whose life had been irrevocably altered by the event, until his estranged brother Cal returns home after decades of self-exile and threatens to reveal the secret of that long-ago night. 80,000 first printing.

About the Author

LEE MARTIN is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Bright Forever; a novel, Quakertown; a story collection, The Least You Need to Know; and two memoirs, From Our House and Turning Bones. He has won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, a Lawrence Foundation Award, and the Glenna Luschei Prize. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he directs the creative writing program at The Ohio State University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307407337
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Shaye Areheart Books
Author:
Martin, Lee
Author:
Lee, Martin
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Bachelors
Subject:
Secrets.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080415
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
265

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z

River of Heaven: A Novel
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Product details 265 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307407337 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The mysterious 1955 death of teenager Dewey Finn on the railroad tracks outside Mt. Gilead, Illinois, has a profound impact on the people of the small town, including Dewey's boyhood friend Sam Brady, whose life had been irrevocably altered by the event, until his estranged brother Cal returns home after decades of self-exile and threatens to reveal the secret of that long-ago night. 80,000 first printing.
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