Peace Like a River

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001 - Fiction - 312 pages
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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 enemies, the most tragic of fates. Leif Enger's "miraculous" (Valerie Ryan, The Seattle Times) novel is a "perfect book for an anxious time ... of great literary merit that nonetheless restores readers' faith in the kindness of stories" (Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press).
 

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Contents

Clay
1
His Separate Shadow
5
Beauteous Are My Cakes Indeed
19
Your Toughened Heart
34
Peeking at Eternity
51
When Sorrows Like Sea Billows Roll
70
Late in the Night When the Fires Are Out
81
A Boy on a Horse
94
The Skin Bag
180
Under the Gibbon Moon
197
The Throbbing Heart of News
205
The Little Mans Country
223
Winning Her Hand
239
Boy Ready
256
The Ledger of Our Decisions
275
The Red Farm
288

By the Grace of Lurvy
108
The Substance of Things Hoped For
129
The Last Thing He Would Do
135
At War with This Whole World
149
Something Warm
167
Be Jubilant My Feet
300
The Curious Music That I Hear
305
Acknowledgments
312
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Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly twenty years. He lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife and two sons.

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