A River Closely Watched
A River Closely Watched

A River Closely Watched

by Jon Boilard


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Monday, November 1


Bobby DuBois comes from a long line of misfits. Basically a good kid, he can’t shake an inherited propensity for violence and drug abuse. When his father gets arrested, Bobby, too, is headed into the system, until Uncle Thaddeus rescues him and they take to the backwoods, managing to stay one step ahead of the law. On the run, Thaddeus teaches Bobby how to drink, fight, and fornicate—how to be a DuBois.

When hurricane rains swell the Swift River, ravaging Franklin County and flushing Bobby and Thaddeus out of the hills, the DuBois family wages a disturbing custody battle in the shadows of Stillwater Bridge. Sown through with bristling language and violent love, at its core, this beautiful and violent first novel explores Bobby’s struggle to save his own soul.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982520499
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jon Boilard is the author of A River Closely Watched (MacAdam/Cage, 2012), a finalist for the Northern California Book Award; The Castaway Lounge (Dzanc Books, 2015); and Settright Road (Dzanc Books, 2017). Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Boilard lives in San Francisco, CA.

Customer Reviews