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Where the River Splits
     

Where the River Splits

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by Jeffrey Penn May
 

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St. Louis couple, David and Susan Brooks, go on a canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness; it’s a last ditch effort to evaluate their marriage. The trip turns into disaster as their canoe capsizes leaving the couple stranded on opposite sides of the river and each believing the other is dead.

David soon discovers that his wife survived, but satisfied

Overview

St. Louis couple, David and Susan Brooks, go on a canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness; it’s a last ditch effort to evaluate their marriage. The trip turns into disaster as their canoe capsizes leaving the couple stranded on opposite sides of the river and each believing the other is dead.

David soon discovers that his wife survived, but satisfied that she is okay, decides not to reveal himself to her. How will she survive? While Susan returns to St. Louis to cope with the loss of her husband, David begins his new life in the Wyoming mountains.

But can anyone really start over?

Editorial Reviews

Steve Weinberg
Discussing the plot further would spoil the suspense, suffice it to say that the journey to the end of the novel is never boring… The scenes set in rural Wyoming feature the geography as much as the characters. Locales in Canada and Mexico also figure into the plot. Still, the story keeps coming back to St. Louis, which should add to its appeal for local readers.
Robin T
One of those novels I look for, but rarely find. You don't just read it, you inhabit it--the characters, the locales, the marriage that is both complex and fragile. May's first book is one he should be proud of, a mystery, compelling you to press on, suspense building all the while thanks to fluid writing with generous details. Where the River Splits will carry you effortlessly to the climax, and beyond.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012653253
Publisher:
Jeffrey Penn May
Publication date:
04/04/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
273
File size:
273 KB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Penn May has won several short fiction awards. His story “The Wells Creek Route” received a Pushcart Prize nomination, and his novel Where the River Splits, an excellent review in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Merging his outdoor interests with his writing, Jeff has published mountain climbing articles, short stories and poems. He has also written education articles and technical writing guides. His work has appeared in the US, UK, and Canada. He wrote and performed a short story for Washington University Radio and was a consultant to a St. Louis theatre company.

After earning his a B.A. in English and Psychology, a Masters in Secondary Education, and a Writer’s Certificate from the University of Missouri, Jeff worked as a waiter, hotel security officer, credit manager, deck hand, technical data engineer, creative writing instructor, and English teacher. He was the principal of a small alternative school where he organized a fund-raising, climbing expedition and appeared in television and radio spotlights.

Born at Fort Ord near Monterey, California, and raised in St. Louis, Jeff comes from a family of all boys and has always been compelled to explore the outdoors, leading to many questionable “vacations.” His adventures include, but are not limited to the following: floated a home-built wood and barrel raft from St. Louis to Memphis, navigated a John boat to New Orleans, drove an old Volkswagen alone 8000 miles around the west, spent a month in a dirt floor shack in west-central Mexico digging for Pre-Colombian artifacts, climbed mountains from Alaska to South America, and spent several days in the Amazon jungle. Jeff teaches writing and fly-fishing and so far, he has survived more than twenty years of marriage and two teenagers.

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Where the River Splits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captured my interest at the beginning and maintained it throughout. David and Susan are complex people whose experiences help them evolve as individuals.
RobinT More than 1 year ago
One of those novels I look for, but rarely find. You don't just read it, you inhabit it--the characters, the locales, the marriage that is both complex and fragile. May's first book is one he should be proud of, a mystery, compelling you to press on, suspense building all the while thanks to fluid writing with generous details. WTRS will carry you effortlessly to the climax, and beyond
Pa4 More than 1 year ago
WOW! Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago