2017 Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice
Synopses & Reviews
"I killed him."
After the devastating loss of her father on a canoe trip meant to bring them closer together, fifteen-year-old Emma Wilson finds herself alone on the river. As she treks out from their remote campsite, she faces wild rapids and a numbing sense of guilt. Back home, Emma confronts the complexity of grief and realizes that leaving the river behind was only the first step forward.
"Treichel’s realistic and compelling characterization of Emma highlights a maturity into adulthood that offers no easy solutions to the difficulties of grief, but celebrates the best of her family." Publisher’s Weekly
"I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year, in any genre." Melanie Bishop, Huffington Post
About the Author
Eliot Treichel is a native of Wisconsin who now lives in Eugene, Oregon. His first book, Close Is Fine, is the winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, CutBank, Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, and Hawai’i Pacific Review. He’s also written for Canoe & Kayak, Paddler, and Eugene Magazine.