Push Not the River

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Macmillan, Sep 2, 2004 - Fiction - 528 pages
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A panoramic and epic novel in the grand romantic style, Push Not the River is the rich story of Poland in the late 1700s--a time of heartache and turmoil as the country's once peaceful people are being torn apart by neighboring countries and divided loyalties. It is then, at the young and vulnerable age of seventeen, when Lady Anna Maria Berezowska loses both of her parents and must leave the only home she has ever known.

With Empress Catherine's Russian armies streaming in to take their spoils, Anna is quickly thrust into a world of love and hate, loyalty and deceit, patriotism and treason, life and death. Even kind Aunt Stella, Anna's new guardian who soon comes to personify Poland's courage and spirit, can't protect Anna from the uncertain future of the country.

Anna, a child no longer, turns to love and comfort in the form of Jan, a brave patriot and architect of democracy, unaware that her beautiful and enigmatic cousin Zofia has already set her sights on the handsome young fighter. Thus Anna walks unwittingly into Zofia's jealous wrath and darkly sinister intentions.

Forced to survive several tragic events, many of them orchestrated by the crafty Zofia, a strengthened Anna begins to learn to place herself in the way of destiny--for love and for country. Heeding the proud spirit of her late father, Anna becomes a major player in the fight against the countries who come to partion her beloved Poland.

Push Not the River is based on the true eighteenth century diary of Anna Maria Berezowska, a Polish countess who lived through the rise and fall of the historic Third of May Constitution. Vivid, romantic, and thrillingly paced, it paints the emotional and unforgettable story of the metamorphosis of a nation--and of a proud and resilient young woman.
  

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Contents

I
13
II
25
III
40
IV
48
V
60
VI
80
VII
99
VIII
107
XXXVI
260
XXXVII
265
XXXVIII
270
XXXIX
272
XL
283
XLI
285
XLII
289
XLIII
296

IX
111
X
113
XI
117
XII
123
XIII
126
XIV
134
XV
136
XVI
145
XVII
150
XVIII
158
XIX
165
XX
169
XXI
182
XXII
183
XXIII
190
XXIV
195
XXV
197
XXVI
205
XXVII
207
XXVIII
210
XXIX
214
XXX
219
XXXI
222
XXXII
230
XXXIII
241
XXXIV
245
XXXV
256
XLIV
300
XLV
306
XLVI
312
XLVII
315
XLVIII
319
XLIX
323
L
328
LI
338
LII
349
LIII
355
LIV
357
LV
362
LVI
371
LVII
381
LVIII
386
LIX
393
LX
402
LXI
407
LXII
409
LXIII
423
LXIV
434
LXV
437
LXVI
453
LXVII
470
LXVIII
474
LXIX
493
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About the author (2004)

A native of Chicago, James Conroyd Martin chairs the English Department at Marian High School, a well-known college-prep high school in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He holds degrees from St. Ambrose and DePaul Universities.

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