The Whisper of the River

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Penguin Books, 1986 - Fiction - 528 pages
32 Reviews
Young for his class and small for his age, Porter Osborne, Jr., leaves his rural Georgia home in 1938 to meet the world at Willingham University, armed with the knowledge that he has been "Raised Right" in the best Baptist tradition. What happens over the next four years will challenge the things he holds infallible: his faith, his heritage, and his parents' omniscience. As we follow Porter's college career, full of outrageous pranks and ribald humor, we sense a quiet, constant flow toward maturity. Peppered with memorable characters and resonant with details of place and time, "The Whisper of the River" is filled with the richness of spirit that makes great fiction.

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User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

This coming of age story is set in Georgia in the early 1940's. Sixteen year old Porter Osborne, nick named Sambo, is an underweight, practical joker. At the same time, he is deeply religious and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ann Holland - Goodreads

The second book in Ferrol Sams' trilogy about growing up in the South and a small town way of life that is gone forever. Nostalgic, funny, and delightful. Read full review


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Ferrol Sams is a physician, humorist, storyteller, and the bestselling author of eight novels rooted in the oral tradition of southern humor and folklore. He lives in Fayetteville, Georgia.

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