Book Reviews of Saints at the River

Saints at the River
Saints at the River
Author: Ron Rash
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ISBN-13: 9780312424916
ISBN-10: 0312424914
Publication Date: 7/1/2005
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 11
OMG where has this book been that I haven't found it sooner. I loved it. If someone wasn't waiting for it, I think I'd read it again. This is such a beautifully written novel. About a young girl who drowns in a river that is protected by the government to keep it natural. She is caught under the water and to remove her, the river will have to be disturbed. There is her family who naturally want her body back and then there are those who do not want the river disturbed and they say "if she is in the river then that is the way it is, and to leave her there". I read the whole book in one night. I just could not put it down. Beautiful... stick in your mind... story.
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Helpful Score: 3
Amazing...this book will stay with you long after you read it. A young girl drowns in the Tamassee River and her body is trapped in an eddy. Because this river is considered a Wild and Scenic river, certain laws prevent anyone from retrieving her body. The fight between environmentalists and her parents is heartbreaking. Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a great read about a woman returning to her hometown to photograph a story involving the drowning of a young girl, and the demons of the past that she encounters. It covered many topics including environmentalism, loss and regret. The only complaint I have is that it ended sort of suddenly for me, but otherwise an engaging story that kept me turning pages.
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Helpful Score: 2
Another beautifully written Southern novel that you'll want to savor. I really loved One Foot in Eden by this author and I thought this one was just as moving.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderfully written and thought provoking book. Made me wonder what side I would be on and how I could live with the decision I made. Highly recommend this second novel from a very talented author.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was very enjoyable! The descriptions of the mountain towns and river regions will make you feel as though you are riding through these areas. The small-town, tight-knit community is accurately portrayed. If you've ever been to the Tomassee River or want to go, read this book. You'll be there in these pages.

The characters could have been a bit more developed for my tastes; however, the overall storyline kept moving along at a good pace. Once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down.
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Noted as the 'Best Book of the Year' by the Southeast Booksellers Association in 2004. When a 12 year old girl drowns, the parents want to attempt a rescue of the body; environmentalists are convinced that the rescue operation will cause permanent damage to the river. The debate is particularly relevant today.
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Noted as a best book of the year, wonderful Southern fiction set in Appalachia when a girl drowns in a river just saved from destruction by a dam. Excellent.