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Title:The River Wife
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Publisher:Random House
ISBN:1400065968
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Number of Pages:393
Category:Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical, Th century, Abandoned

The River Wife by Jonis Agee

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 .

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Acts of Love on Indigo Road: New and Selected Stories, Taking the Wall, Strange Angels, South of Resurrection, A .38 Special and a Broken Heart (Coffee-To-Go Short-Short Stories), The River Wife, Sweet Eyes, The Bones of Paradise, Bend This Heart, The Weight of Dreams
Abandoned by his mother after the accidental death of his beloved younger brother Ty Bonte spends his days working on the family ranch with his violent father and his nights marauding with his mean spirited drinking buddy Harney Rivers When a drunken fight escalates into the near death of a young Indian Ty flees his Nebraska home Twenty two years later Ty is a horse trainer in Kansas sharing his life with a young woman named Dakota Their comfortable existence is shattered by a visit from Harney who commits an act of brutality that forces Ty to face up to his own violent past Returning to Nebraska he finds his dying father fighting the bank s foreclosure on the ranch In an explosive courtroom confrontation with Harney Ty finally comes to terms with the past and in the process is able to forgive himself and his family, As the engines roar and the green flag waves these stories tear across their rural landscape with the energy of a Winston Cup race Like W P Kinsella s minor league ballplayers Jonis Agee s drivers pit crews mechanics and their families live in small towns eat at truck stops and have a hard time keeping their dreams from destroying their lives From the garage to the kitchen table from demolition derby to nascar Agee s hapless heroes open our eyes as they take the wall br The wildly popular sport of auto racing is a backdrop in these stories for exploration of the creative and destructive aspects of obsession In farmhouses mobile homes and roadside trailer courts fathers and sons mothers and daughters all try to figure out how to keep their families running as smoothly as their cars Taking the Wall is rich with details about racing and rural life and richer yet in insight into that part of the human spirit that just doesn t know how to quit Agee takes a personal and compassionate look at a grab bag of individuals linked by obsession br Reviews br Novelist South of Resurrection and short fiction Bend This Heart writer Agee s collection of bittersweet stories dissects the rough world of auto racing from the working class perspectives of drivers pit crews fans family and other hangers on While taking the wall crashing into it is the worst possible scenario Agee s characters secretly wish for the excitement horror and suspense it offers will the driver walk away from the fiery wreck Domestic life unfolds around the racetrack throughout the collection The Pop Off Valve is a monologue in which an unnamed narrator recounts her naovet in marrying a man obsessed with racing and the wake up call she received on her honeymoon years ago at the Motor Speedway in Irish Hills Mich when not even a terrible accident could thwart her husband s devotion to his hobby Her description of the crash is chilling the rescue workers used the jaws of life to pry what was left of the driver from the shattered burnt shell of the car Nonchalantly she adds We grilled steaks on the hibachi at dark unable to see the bloody raw meat until we cut into it Agee s parsimonious language is sta, No one is better than Jonis Agee at capturing the bone deep desire and big eyed longing of a hardscrabble small town life This major collection highlighting Agee s astonishing literary achievements includes powerful new stories and a comprehensive selection from her critically acclaimed books i Pretend We ve Never Met Bend This Heart A Special and a Broken Heart i and i Taking the Wall i br br Jonis Agee s stories are as broad as their landscape spanning the Great Lakes and traveling through the Great Plains on a straight shot to the heart i The New York Times i refers to Agee s short fiction as the clear eyed reports of someone who sees things as they are not as she would wish them to be and each story in this collection is raw deeply memorable and dedicated to brutally introspective and truthful moments br br In i Acts of Love on Indigo Road i Agee s characters continue to dream big and love deep while rushing headlong into the awareness that finally there are only the dead to bear witness to what acts of love can do to the world br br In story after story the mask drops away from gen tility and we come face to face with the truth These stories are beautiful because of their courage there is nothing they are afraid to say Charles Baxter on i Bend This Heart i br br b Jonis Agee b is the author of four novels four collections of short fiction and a book of poetry Three of her books i Strange Angels Bend This Heart and Sweet Eyes i were named Notable Books of the Year by i The New York Times i i Taking the Wall i won the i ForeWord Magazine i Editor s Choice Award and i The Weight of Dreams i won the Nebraska Book Award Jonis Agee is a Nebraska native who has lived and taught throughout the Midwest She is now Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Honest biting and bittersweet i A Special and a Broken Heart i is a rich collection of stories by critically acclaimed author Jonis Agee Packed with emoforce these stories are about people who love lose and try again br br Persistence and strength betrayal and forgiveness weakness and acceptance mercy and mystery life and death all find themselves played out in this collection