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The Resource Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

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Once Upon a River
Title
Once Upon a River
Statement of responsibility
Diane Setterfield
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Language
eng
Summary
"One of the most pleasurable and satisfying new books I've read in a long time. Setterfield is a master storyteller...swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful." —Madeline Miller, internationally bestselling author of Circe and The Song of Achilles "A beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing." —M.L. Stedman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans "This is magical, bewitching storytelling...High prose expressed with rare clarity, story for the unashamed sake of story, a kind of moral dreaminess...well, the list continues to grow."—Jim Crace, National Book Critics Circle winner and author of Being Dead and Harvest From the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of the "eerie and fascinating" (USA TODAY) The Thirteenth Tale comes a richly imagined, powerful new novel about the wrenching disappearance of three little girls and the wide-reaching effect it has on their small town.On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless. Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son's secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson's housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone's. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known. Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting you through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned
Summary
When the seemingly dead body of a child reanimates hours after arriving at an ancient inn on the Thames, three families try to claim her
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Award
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10745359
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BT
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Setterfield, Diane
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Romance
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Once Upon a River
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OVERDRIVE:62641a09-429f-4d4e-95f6-e9a093a6739d
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781501190230
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Once Upon a River
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:62641a09-429f-4d4e-95f6-e9a093a6739d
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781501190230
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Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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      175 Monmouth Street, Independence, OR, 97351, US
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