What This River Keeps: A Novel

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Indiana University Press, 2012 - Fiction - 339 pages
2 Reviews

In the rolling hills of southern Indiana, an elderly couple copes with the fear that their river bottom farm—the only home they've ever known—will be taken from them through an act of eminent domain. The river flowing through their land, where the old man has fished nearly every day of his life, may be dammed to form a reservoir. Their son, meanwhile, sinks deeper into troubles of his own, struggling to determine his place in a new romantic relationship and the duty he owes to his family’s legacy. What This River Keeps is a beautiful and heartfelt novel that reflects upon what it means to love a place and a family, and the sometimes staggering cost of that love.

  

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User Review  - Maggie Sweeney - Goodreads

I was entertained by the wacky antics of Ollie and touched by how he grew, finally into the good person he was meant to be. After many missteps, his love for his home town, Summer, Spring and even his parents fills my heart. Read full review

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Great book about love of family, love of the land, and beautiful prose. If you like Kent Haruf Greg Schwipps will fit right in with your reading sensibilities. Read full review

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
9
CHAPTER ONE
11
CHAPTER TWO
16
CHAPTER THREE
22
CHAPTER FOUR
31
CHAPTER FIVE
38
CHAPTER SIX
43
CHAPTER SEVEN
56
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
194
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
203
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
209
CHAPTER THIRTY
220
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
230
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
233
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
237
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
240

CHAPTER EIGHT
62
CHAPTER NINE
73
CHAPTER TEN
79
CHAPTER ELEVEN
87
CHAPTER TWELVE
94
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
100
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
107
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
118
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
123
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
128
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
138
CHAPTER NINETEEN
145
CHAPTER TWENTY
154
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
162
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
168
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
171
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
175
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
180
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
186
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
247
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
257
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
267
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
270
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE
277
CHAPTER FORTY
279
CHAPTER FORTYONE
285
CHAPTER FORTYTWO
289
CHAPTER FORTYTHREE
297
CHAPTER FORTYFOUR
301
CHAPTER FORTYFIVE
307
POSTLUDE
317
CHAPTER FORTYSIX
318
CHAPTER FORTYSEVEN
323
CHAPTER FORTYEIGHT
328
CHAPTER FORTYNINE
331
EPILOGUE
338
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About the author (2012)

Greg Schwipps is author (with Peter Kaminsky) of Fishing for Dummies and his short fiction has appeared in Esquire. He teaches creative writing at DePauw University.

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