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|Title||:||The River Wife|
|Number of Pages||:||393|
|Category||:||Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical, Th century, Abandoned|
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The River Wife From acclaimed novelist Jonis Agee whom i The New York Times Book Review i called a gifted poet of that dark lushness in the heart of the American landscape i The River Wife i is a sweeping panoramic story that ranges from the New Madrid earthquake of through the Civil War to the bootlegging days of the s .
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 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 i The River Wife i 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 .
i From the Hardcover edition i