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River Woman: A Novel (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 01/01/2003
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As she washes her laundry in the Rio Minho, Kelithe is startled from her daydreams by women's screams. It is not until she sees a small body in the shallow water that she realizes what has happened. Her young son has drowned. The Women of Standfast, Jamaica, whisper that she let Timothy die so that she could seize her chance to join her mother in America. Numb with grief, Kelithe lacks the strength to confront them. She can only wait for the funeral. And for her mother to come stand by her at last.
What really happened at the river? It is a question Kelithe's mother cannot ask and an accusation Kelithe will not answer. And it lies at the heart of this shattering novel of promises kept and broken. In spare prose, Donna Hemans lays bare the human heart, exploring the unyielding bonds joining mother and child and the many facets of truth.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9780743410403
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 210 x 135 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The New York Times Book Review A graceful, absorbing first novel.
Booklist A powerful look at guilt, betrayal, stunted ambition, and tortured maternal instincts.
Jewell Parker Rhodes Author of Douglass' Women A lovely and lyrical debut, filled with insight and honesty. Donna Hemans is a splendid writer.

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