Peace Like A River

Peace Like A River

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Hailed as one of the year's top five novels by Time, and selected as one of the best books of the year by nearly all major newspapers, national bestseller Peace Like a River captured the hearts of a nation in need of comfort. "A rich mixture of adventure, tragedy, and healing," Peace Like a River is "a collage of legends from sources sacred and profane -- from the Old Testament to the Old West, from the Gospels to police dramas" (Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor). In "lyrical, openhearted prose" (Michael Glitz, The New York Post), Enger tells the story of eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been controversially charged with murder. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and its remarkable conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of...
Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9781555845902
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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PimaLib_LisaW Feb 22, 2017

Reading is believing!
"Real miracles bother people, like strange sudden pains unknown in medical literature. It’s true: They rebut every rule all we good citizens take comfort in...A miracle contradicts the will of earth.” - Leif Enger

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PimaLib_LisaW Aug 23, 2016

This novel reads like a song. It's lyrical and magical and like a song it's met to be sung over and over again. So far I read in every book club I've joined.

April 2015


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QueenSheba_0
Jun 13, 2017

This one's a charmer! The characters are lovely and the setting (Minnesota and North Dakota) is memorable. I started reading it on Friday and finished on Sunday, with a smile.

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hvyamville
Jan 15, 2017

This is such a beautiful book, brought delightfully to life by Leif Enger through his adept descriptive writing style. While some of the miracles featured early on in the book may seem over-the-top, these miracles no longer seem out of place as the book develops and may perhaps instead leave you yearning for a miracle in your own life.

It is mesmerizing how such depth can be conveyed through the "innocent-eye" perspective of Reuben Land. He is merely a witness, leaving us to interpret what he presents.

Jeremiah Land tells his family "We and the world, my children, will always be at war. Retreat is impossible. Arm yourselves" (Enger 4). Indeed, his family faces tragedy, evil, and hardship but must overcome these forces. Jeremiah Land is faithful to God, and God to him. Though his family seems to be further broken as the novel progresses, there is still much hope, peace, providence, and healing for this family.

This novel explores family, faith, tragedy, redemption, justice, consequences, love, and sacrifices.

Work Cited: Enger, Leif. Peace like a River. New York: Grove Press, 2001. Print.

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naaappiah
Apr 22, 2015

This is a stunning book. I don't think I have ever read a book this captivating and so well-written.
Beautiful prose, memorable quotes and very interesting plot. It is a brilliant book and it reads as if it was written outside the writer. I highly recommend this book. I will buy it for my personal library. Love it!

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GLNovak
Feb 18, 2015

I liked this book, but dreaded finishing because I thought something bad and sad was going to happen. I was partly right. The story is narrated by 11-year-old Reuben who suffers from asthma. His widower father cares for him, his 16-year-old brother Davy and 9-year-old sister Swede. This is not an ordinary family. Reuben has secretly observed his dad performing miracles while talking to God, and his sister is obsessed with the wild west hero gangsters like Butch Cassidy, Jesse James and the Younger boys. She is an excellent verse writer and has embarked on a long epic about hero Sundown and his nemesis Vargas, portions of which Reuben shares with us readers. The beautiful writing carried me along through chapter after chapter following the family's journey west trying to guess Davy's track after he killed two men and fled. Seeing all the action through Reuben's young understanding was refreshing and reminiscent for me of 'True Grit'. This whole tale brings up questions about right and wrong, the power of faith, the value of self-reliance, the strength of family, love,and loyalty - I guess all the good stuff. The story is set in the dead of winter in the Dakotas and the word pictures of the cold, the snow, the freezing temperatures made me put on a sweater.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

A beautifully written first novel. Story of a motherless family told by one of the three children. Set in Minnesota in the sixties, there are elements of the spiritual and the mystic, a poetry writing younger sister, an outlaw brother. A great read.

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truongjl
Oct 18, 2014

This is the most mesmerizing book I've read in years. The characters live with you between readings. Enger's style is so vivid that he captures all five senses in your imagination. The action seems so real and engaging you feel like you are living two lives, your own and the characters'.
Beg, borrow or steal this book.

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brintona_0
Jun 11, 2014

Just thinking about this book makes me smile. I can't wait to read it again. My favorite.

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kirkyevans
Aug 23, 2013

This is just such a stunning book in so many ways. I came across it quite by chance and what a delightful surprise. My chores suffered badly as it was almost impossible to put down.

kpetitte Aug 08, 2013

Outstanding. An all time favorite. A great story, beautifully written.

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maurajk
Aug 08, 2013

Kim Vara recommended July 2013

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