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River of Heaven (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Past and present collide in this novel of a man, his brother, and the dark secret that both connects and divides them. It 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.

The story 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.

Original title: River of Heaven
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionRural & Small Town Life
FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives

Edition #1: River of Heaven

River of Heaven (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Few writers could unfold Sam's story with the grace and compassion of Lee Martin. River of Heaven is an unusual novel, wise and humane, a story of cowardice and courage and the tortuous passage between them." Kathryn Harrison
  • "In River of Heaven, Lee Martin has created that rare thing: a literary page-turner. This is a story about the corrosive power of a childhood secret, and the way our lives are shaped as much by what we withhold as what we reveal. An elegantly structured, powerful, and original novel, full of heart." Dani Shapiro
  • "Lee Martin's portrait of Sam Brady, a man in fear of his life and crippled by it, lingers painfully and persuasively." Amy Bloom
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River of Heaven (April 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
ISBN: 9780307381248
Dimensions: 9.58 x 6.54 x 1.22
Pages: 265

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