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Two Rivers by T. Greenwood
Book DescriptionIn "Two Rivers", Vermont, Harper Montgomery is living a life overshadowed by grief and guilt. Since the death of his wife twelve years earlier, Harper has narrowed his world to working at the local railroad and raising his daughter, Shelly. Still wracked with sorrow over his loss and plagued by his role in a brutal, long-ago crime, he wants only to make amends for his past mistakes. Then one day, a train derails in Two Rivers and Harper finds a chance at atonement. One of the survivors, a pregnant fifteen-year-old girl, needs a place to stay, and Harper offers to take her in. But soon he suspects that Maggie's appearance is not the simple case of happenstance it first appeared to be.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780758228772
(210mm x 140mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Kensington Publishing
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author T. Greenwood
Bodies of Water, Paperback (September 2013)
In 1960, Billie Valentine is a young housewife living in a sleepy Massachusetts suburb, treading water in a dull marriage and caring for two adopted daughters. Then a new family moves in across the street. Ted and Eva Wilson have three children and a fourth on the way, and their arrival reignites long-buried feelings in Billie.
Near Than the Sky, Paperback (October 2011)
When Indie Brown was four years old, she was struck by lightning. In the oft-told version of the story, Indie's life was heroically saved by her mother. But Indie's own recollection of the event, while hazy, is very different. Most of Indie's childhood memories are like this - tinged with vague, unsettling images and suspicions.
This Glittering World, Paperback (January 2011)» View all books by T. Greenwood
One November morning, Ben Bailey walks out of his Flagstaff, Arizona home to retrieve the paper. He finds Ricky Begay, a young Navajo man, beaten and dying in the newly fallen snow. Unable to forget the incident, especially once he meets Ricky's sister, Shadi, Ben begins to question everything.
US Kirkus Review » Ghosts of his heartbreaking past visit a railroad worker in rural New England.A life marked by tragedy is the cornerstone of this Northern Gothic by Greenwood (Undressing the Moon, 2002, etc.). Narrator Harper Montgomery is a gloomy figure, beset by melancholy and struggling to raise his young daughter Shelly in a cracker-box apartment in the small town where he's lived most of his life. He's haunted, not only by the horrific wreck that killed his wife Betsy 12 years earlier, in 1968, but also by his involvement in a brutal crime referred to fleetingly in cryptic bridging segments. Harper's dismal life working at the freight office of the railroad station in Two Rivers, Vt., is interrupted by a terrible train crash. From the wreckage, Harper rescues a pregnant adolescent, "a girl with skin the color of blackberries," and takes her into his home against his better instincts. The terrified girl calls herself Marguerite Dufresne and claims to be fleeing to Canada after being raped in her Southern hometown. From this bleak starting point, Greenwood knits a densely woven sequence of events that finds Harper recounting his love affair with Betsy Parker throughout the '60s as well as the startling (and often implausible) misfortunes that befall their families, including the suicide of Betsy's mentally ill mother and a fire that devastates Harper's family. Along the way, he unravels the mystery of Marguerite's origins and begs forgiveness for the long-ago racial violation that spurred the suicide of one of Harper's childhood friends. Greenwood's novel features a satisfyingly complex romance and admirable storytelling momentum, but its fractured swing between passion and heartbreak make it a tough read. By the time the syrupy finale rolls around, the woebegone plight of its pitiful narrator has grown tedious.Overwrought context obscures a sweetly told love story. (Kirkus Reviews)
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