Black River

Black River

eBook - 2015
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This novel of sorrow and suspense, set in rural Montana, is "a complex and powerful story--put Black River on the must-read list" ( The Seattle Times ).

Wes Carver returns to his hometown--Black River, Montana--with two things: his wife's ashes and a letter from the parole board. The convict who once held him hostage during a prison riot is up for release.

For years, Wes earned his living as a correction officer and found his joy playing the fiddle. But the uprising shook Wes's faith and robbed him of his music; now he must decide if his attacker should walk free.

With "lovely rhythms, spare language, tenderness, and flashes of rage," S. M. Hulse shows us the heart and darkness of an American town, and one man's struggle to find forgiveness in the wake of evil ( Los Angeles Review of Books ).
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
ISBN: 9780544309296
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Nov 23, 2016

This was an interesting read. The depth of the descriptions and the insight into the various characters personalities were well done. It was amazing to see how the main character came to grips with the various losses in his life. Very thought provoking.

Feb 21, 2016

I can’t say it better than Amazon does in its January 2015 book of the month review. How a person is shaped by the culture and landscape of his life shows so strongly in this book, as a former Montana prison guard struggles to understand his step-son and struggles with his faith as he confronts a “born-again” Christian prisoner who tortured him at the prisoner’s parole hearing.

Nov 01, 2015

Impressed with this debut novel by such a young writer & dare I say it...a woman. I felt she had an excellent grasp on the characters from the lost youth in rebellion & hurting to the older men & women with much life experience. The pain Wes feels in his hands was excellent in description, not to mention the pain from his other losses. Well written, good flow, never lost interest.

Jul 02, 2015

Debut novel by young woman. Excellent--one of the best debuts I've read in years.

Apr 18, 2015

I really enjoyed this beautifully written story. I liked the character of Wes - broken, angry, hurting, stoic - and his journey to find the peace of mind he seeks over past tragedies in life. A character study of a man who is not lovable, nor even likable much of the time, but is nonetheless irrefutably compelling.

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