Once Upon A River

Once Upon A River

A Novel

Book - 2018
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When the seemingly dead body of a child reanimates hours after arriving at an ancient inn on the Thames, three families try to claim her.
On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath, and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. Those who dwell on the riverbank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? Three families are keen to claim her: the wealthy mother of a kidnapped daughter missing for two years; a farming family sure it is their son's secret daughter; a parson's housekeeper, reminded of her younger sister. Each family has secrets, must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known. Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, this novel will sweep readers away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting them through worlds both real and imagined. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2018
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780743298070
Branch Call Number: FICTION SETTERFIE 2018
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 24 cm


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Set on the cusp between the time of myths and modernity, a novel that reads like fantasy but maybe nothing magic happened after all.

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Nov 14, 2018

Open this book and immerse yourself in a tale while you wind your way down the river. You spend time leisurely floating and at other time find yourself fighting to stay afloat. The river becomes a part of you as does the story of the girl who was pulled from the river and brought to life at the winter solstice. Many want to claim her, but she seems to belong to all and to none at the same time. Her story is an enigma. Visit the Swan and sit down for a pint and you will hear this story and many more. Savor with your favorite winter beverage.


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