The River King

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Penguin, Jul 1, 2001 - Fiction - 352 pages
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A story about a small town's surface appearance and the truths submerged below from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic.

People tend to stay in their place in the town of Haddan. The students at the prestigious prep school don't mix with locals; even within the school, hierarchy rules as freshman and faculty members find out where they fit in and what is expected from them. But there are minor collisions happening everywhere: An awkward boy, the son of a teacher, is flirting with a pretty classmate, the daughter of a convenience-store cashier. A photographer in plastic flip-flops and an overflowing backpack is about to marry a staid, ambitious historian. And when a body is found in the river behind the school, a local policeman named Abey Grey will walk into this enclosed world and upset it entirely...
 

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User Review  - EvaW - LibraryThing

Mainly Gus and Carlin's story at boarding school ... but Abe, Beverley, Harry and Helen's as well ... several twists and turns right to the end. Read full review

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User Review  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

A disappointing book as I enjoyed 2 other books by this author.The first half of the book is overblown writing, with characters defined more as stereotype than as fleshed out personas. Hoffman strains ... Read full review

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Contents

THE IRON
NEEDLES AND THREAD
THE RING AND THE DOVE
WALKING ON FIRE
THE VEILED WOMAN
THE WATCH AND THE LOAF
THE DISAPPEARING
THE ARBOR
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Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, Practical MagicThe Marriage of OppositesThe Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on EarthThe Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.

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