The River Warren: A Novel

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Harcourt Brace, Sep 1, 1999 - Fiction - 271 pages
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One early spring morning Two-Speed Crandall, with his wife at his side and a semitrailer full of cattle, drives through the middle of Cloten, plowing into the hardware store and killing himself, his wife, and most of the cattle. Was it an accident or suicide? No one will ever know, but a few people, including the town doctor and Two-Speed's son, have their theories. Gossip, half-truths, and painful memories are unleashed as the town tries to understand the tragedy as well as untangle their intertwined pasts. In voices as rich as the muddy river that runs through Cloten, each narrator shares what they know-always circling closer to the mystery that ties them all together. Moving back and forth through time, The River Warren creates an unforgettable sense of place and community, and introduces a remarkable new voice in American fiction.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Debut literary novel by a South Dakotan teacher. The River Warren resists description. The river of the title no longer exists, but once surged as a vast tributary of an incredible mile-high glacier ... Read full review


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When Two-Speed Crandall, the local mean drunk, crashes his semi into several downtown buildings, killing himself, his wife, who was also in the cab, and a load of cattle, the small Dakota town fixates ... Read full review


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KENT MEYERS is the author of The Work of Wolves , Light in the Crossing , The River Warren , and The Witness of Combines . He is a recipient of an ALA Alex Award, two Minnesota Book Awards, and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Award. His work has been included in the New York Times list of Notable Books and is published in a wide array of prestigious magazines.

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