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The River

The River

"If you like camping, fishing, hiking or canoeing this book will climb into your soul and haunt you for a very long time. Plainly written, but with a beautifully evocative style, The River is heartwarming, heartbreaking and at times almost sickeningly suspenseful. Jack and Wynn, two friends in the Canadian woods on the camping trip of a lifetime, overhear a couple's argument on the bank of a foggy lake. The next day they see a solitary man paddling a canoe through the shallows and what follows will change the course of their trip and put them in the path of a danger neither of them ever expected.The very first sentence will put you on edge and you will not be able to relax until the book is done."

Alex R.

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Author Peter Heller
Publisher Vintage
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Section Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Alex R.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780525563532

A Nominee for the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

From the bestselling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip—a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence.


Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Muskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey.

One night, with the fire encroaching, they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank; the next day, a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And, if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.

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