Bitterroot Landing

Bitterroot Landing

by Sheri Reynolds


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Bitterroot Landing by Sheri Reynolds

Jael hears voices. Some are real, like the voices of the others in her incest-survivor group, or the homeless woman she meets at the laundry. Some are more mysterious, like the Virgin Mary's. Jael was born into a hard life, but she's a survivor, growing stronger all the time. Waiting for the day when the only voice she needs is her own.

So I was a ward of the court, and I slept on a cot in the basement of the Pentecostal church until old River Bill, a recently widowed deacon, offered to take me in. The church lady who came to bring me food and extra clothes delivered the news. As she picked nits out of my hair, she said it was a miracle from God that a man like River Bill would take a wild girl like me to raise as his own daughter . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425162460
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1997
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sheri Reynolds was born in rural South Carolina and now lives in Virginia. She has taught English at Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, and The College of William and Mary. She is at work on a new novel.

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Bitterroot Landing 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
With BITTERROOT LANDING, Sheri Reynolds turns her talents to a dark, uncomfortable (for many) subject -- child abuse and incest. The main character, a backwoods-raised young girl named Jael, is a heroine in the truest sense of the word. Suffering unspeakable abuse at the hands of her grandmother (and her 'patrons'), her adoptive father (who turns her into his wife), and a stranger, she retreats within herself -- her subconscious does its job and shuts down her memories until she can more readily deal with the pain they involve. Through self-searching, along with the loving and caring help of a social worker, a priest and a friend, she makes the journey backto the source of her pain and terror -- and we make that journey along with her, thanks to Reynolds' empathy and talents. This is one of the two best-written works of fiction on this subject that I have read (the other is mentioned below). In Reynolds' hands, the story is moving and compelling, and intelligently treated. When I got this book, I read it three times inside of a week -- I couldn't believe how good it was. All three of Sheri Reynolds' novels are wonderfully written -- but few books have ever moved me like this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a well written novel, though I enjoyed Rapture and Gracious Plenty more. It was still one of the better books I have read and I recommend it to anyone who likes the work of Sheri Reynolds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bitterroot Landing was a great book I had to read it for school so at first i was like ok another boring book. No way though this book was great. I got the book on Sunday and finished 12 midnight I could not put it down.Then of course I wanted to read more books by her and so far all her books Ive read are great. you cant put them down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I enjoyed 'The Rapture of Canaan' very much (another Reynolds creation). Again, she presents us with a well-written story, but in my opinion, 'Rapture' is much better. Truly, if Jael were a real person she would be touring the talk shows with her life story! A little too extreme for my taste. Try 'Rapture' instead!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With a poet's touch Sheri Reynolds crafts a lyrical work of beauty. It is sad and beautiful and discordant, like the fiddle cry of Appalachian Moutain music, it recounts in honesty a life well worth remembering.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i read this book, i longed to have the freedom jael had when she was completely on her own in the woods. due to the negative effects that other people place on ones sexuality, a girl has to be cautious when it comes to love and trust. when jael is ready, she can make a happy ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read 'The Rapture of Canaan' and was amazed with how well written it was! I just had to read the other ones! So, My friend bought me the other two for Christmas!! I really liked 'Bitterrott Landing' alot. I could feel how Jael felt. It is a simple written story, but I really enjoyed it; try it out!