After River

After River

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Her idyllic teen years on a British Colombia dairy farm with her mother and brother irrevocably changed by the arrival of a draft dodger, Natalie Ward remembers years later the impact he had on the morals and beliefs of their community.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061462993
0061462993
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm

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linmar
May 27, 2016

I found this book captivating from the first page. Knowing dairy farmers and living in BC made it especially relevant for me. A great read for anyone growing up in the sixties.

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ms_mustard
Apr 20, 2016

good look at family dynamics and the damaging aspects of misunderstandings and the pain caused by silences. there was foreshadowing of certain plot lines but enough unexpected twists to keep it interesting.

ontherideau Feb 19, 2015

A good choice for those who enjoyed Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 27, 2015

Set in a farming community in the Kootenays during the Vietnam era, a family takes in a draft dodger as a hired hand. With his appearance, serious cracks in the town's veneer are exposed, and family relationships are destroyed.

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IV27HUjg
Jul 07, 2014

This was not my usual interest & I found it compelling, quickly finished. Being of an age to understand generational outlooks, what's done or not done; what's lived with as the choice made at an early age, only to be disappointed & unfulfilled, yet 'sticking with it' because one cannot leave the arrangement. I felt the story demonstrated how religion can destroy or build a life. Very believable situation for a young girl with little knowledge of the world, somewhat isolated life. I didn't expect several of the outcomes.

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Beverleigh
Jul 05, 2014

This book is especially interesting to someone who was a young person during the Vietnam war. A very good read. Relevant to the times and the coming of age of a young girl.

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jerksister1
Jan 27, 2013

Captivating story - couldn't wait to get back to it but, at the same time, I didn't want it to end. I have already recommended it to several people.

Demarcation Apr 05, 2012

I could not put this book down! It is great if you like stories about families, relationships and the pain and sorrow of life

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carmeljonas
May 11, 2011

Beautifully written. Her vivid descriptions made me feel as though I was actually there.Milner has won many awards for this book and I couldn't wait to read her next book "The Promise of Rain". A totally different subject and it didn't disappoint.

Devashar Mar 21, 2010

Such a sad story of grief, regret, and most of all love. What Natalie Ward learns of these three emotions will be imprinted in the minds of readers for a long time.

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Apr 19, 2009

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