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From the acclaimed author of the Malazan series comes Steven Erikson's This River Awakens.

In the spring of 1971, Owen Brand and his family move to the riverside town of Middlecross in a renewed attempt to escape poverty. For twelve-year-old Owen, it's the opportunity for a new life and an end to his family's isolation.  He quickly falls in with a gang of three local boys and forms a strong bond with Jennifer, the rebellious daughter of a violent, alcoholic father. As...

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Overview


From the acclaimed author of the Malazan series comes Steven Erikson's This River Awakens.

In the spring of 1971, Owen Brand and his family move to the riverside town of Middlecross in a renewed attempt to escape poverty. For twelve-year-old Owen, it's the opportunity for a new life and an end to his family's isolation.  He quickly falls in with a gang of three local boys and forms a strong bond with Jennifer, the rebellious daughter of a violent, alcoholic father. As summer brings release from school, two figures preside over the boys' activities: Walter Gribbs, a benign old watchman at the yacht club, and Hodgson Fisk, a vindictive farmer tormented by his past. Then the boys stumble on a body washed up on the riverbank—a discovery whose reverberations will result, as the year comes full circle, in a cataclysm that envelops them all….

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"Wonderful and intimately evoked… A writer of real imaginitive force and breadth." —The Times Literary Supplement
Kirkus Reviews
Published for the first time in the U.S., a bleak bildungsroman from 1997 that's quite a departure from the author's subsequent success in epic fantasy (Forge of Darkness, 2012, etc.). This depressing little slice of life is set in 1971 in Middlecross, a rural community outside an unnamed Canadian city. The town's unhappy denizens include a drunk chasing his own demons; his abused, cowed wife; his rebellious 13-year-old daughter, Jennifer, who's rejected a musical gift in favor of taking and pushing drugs; a widowed mink farmer with PTSD; and the groundskeeper of the local yacht club, who's slowly going blind. Their downward slide heads rapidly toward greater tragedy when 12-year-old Owen, a tough who's learned to hide how smart he is, arrives in town, falls in like with Jennifer and makes a frenemy of a local boy. Erikson's prose is lovely, and he certainly knows his way around the landscape of madness and hallucination. But even that prose and the faint hope of redemption at the story's close can't lift the unrelenting grimness of the book, nor compensate for the near absence of a plot. Apparently, Owen and his friends' discovery of a body is meant to be significant, but it just doesn't seem as crucial as the author means it to be. If this were a King novel (which it resembles in some respects), there'd at least be a supernatural evil lurking in the woods, but those expecting magical doings from the author best known for the sorcery, gods and battles of The Malazan Book of the Fallen series are bound to be disappointed. While there's a hint of psychic ability and the echoes of both Norse and Danish mythologies, most of the beautifully written book is remorselessly concerned with very real troubles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466819795
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 746,704
  • File size: 474 KB

Meet the Author


Archaeologist and anthropologist STEVEN ERIKSON's debut fantasy novel, Gardens of the Moon, was short-listed for the World Fantasy Award and introduced fantasy readers to his epic Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence, which has been hailed “a masterwork of the imagination.” This River Awakens was his first novel, and originally published under the name Steve Lundin. He lives in Cornwall, England.

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