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Posted December 9, 2008
In their mid forties, the two college friends Angie and Laurie agree to go rafting on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. Angie is the catalyst behind the trip as Laurie, although unhappy, has doubts about the venture. She does not want to hurt her taciturn rancher spouse John by going off after just returning from a trip. Also joining them on the trip are Ava, Helen, and Gina..................... At the Grand Canyon, Robb is the guide that will take the women on their voyage down the rapids. Shockingly, Laurie freed from matrimony bonds even temporarily, flirts outrageously with the younger handsome hunk while the others take in the adventures of a fabulous nine day escapade...................... SIDE CANYONS is based on a real account of a woman who made the trek. The descriptions of the rafting bring out the beauty of nature while also forging a tight sisterly relationship between the women. Though the inclusion of poetry and other asides add to the feel of a journal, those entries also seems intrusive as it slows down the trip on the Colorado River. It is when the individuals ponder life in front of the grand scale of nature that fans will appreciate a fine expedition................. Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 26, 2004
Part memoir, part prose, all poetry--this is an elegant, sensual story, written with tenderness and courage. Poetry flows into prose and back again while inner thoughts define outer observation. Perhaps, this is the way all writing should be--why not? So natural. So intimate. Did the heroine know she was writing a hero's journey? The necessary and magnificent change woven between the lines? She learns she must eventually confront her dark side, her own self, over and above all odds. We know she did and she¿s changed, as every hero must. And doesn't our heart break even as we applaud the awakening of this heroine as she sees the truth about her marriage, herself and her life? We too regret having to let go. How deftly Laurie's proven that old adage, that it's not the destination but the journey--how far the heroine had to go to find her old self, her true self. And she found magic and beauty virtually everywhere on the river and lets us see it with her inimitable pen. Laurie's taken the English language to new heights: each poem her heroine writes is more profound, more brilliant than the next. I once rode a wild river too. Four days on the Green in Colorado, shooting the great rapids at the Gates of Lodore, where I fell out of a raft and had to be rescued, plucked out of the water by another crew. During that time, I photographed the wild flowers, the stone cliffs, the sand snakes, the symbols on the rocks. I never thought to write about the experience as I had not yet found my writer's voice. But I do remember, even more now, thanks to Laurie's Side Canyons. I never dreamed anyone could bring those Canyon and river images to life as she has done. I don't need to ride the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Laurie Wagner Buyer has done it for me. I'm in awe of the power and emotion in this touching beautiful book which brought tears to my eyes more times than I can count. And joy and laughter too. Simply, I couldn't put it down. And yes -- guess what? Laurie's heroine is not alone in her desire to savor everything in life. I, too, want it all. Many of us do. I hope Laurie will count me in as a lace maker in the company of women who are embroidered or woven into her life. I hope to join her on other adventures. I can't wait for her next book. Corinne Joy Brown, author of MacGregor's LanternWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.