Peace Like A River

Peace Like A River

Book - 2001
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Young Reuben Land has little doubt that miracles happen all around us, suspecting that his own father is touched by God. When his older brother flees a controversial murder charge, Reuben, along with his older sister and father, set off on a journey that will take them to the Badlands and through a landscape more extraordinary than they could have anticipated. Enger's novel is at once a heroic quest and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802139252
Branch Call Number: ENG
Characteristics: 311 p.

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QueenSheba_0
Jun 13, 2017

This one's a charmer! The characters are lovely and the setting (Minnesota and North Dakota) is memorable. I started reading it on Friday and finished on Sunday, with a smile.

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hvyamville
Jan 15, 2017

This is such a beautiful book, brought delightfully to life by Leif Enger through his adept descriptive writing style. While some of the miracles featured early on in the book may seem over-the-top, these miracles no longer seem out of place as the book develops and may perhaps instead leave you yearning for a miracle in your own life.

It is mesmerizing how such depth can be conveyed through the "innocent-eye" perspective of Reuben Land. He is merely a witness, leaving us to interpret what he presents.

Jeremiah Land tells his family "We and the world, my children, will always be at war. Retreat is impossible. Arm yourselves" (Enger 4). Indeed, his family faces tragedy, evil, and hardship but must overcome these forces. Jeremiah Land is faithful to God, and God to him. Though his family seems to be further broken as the novel progresses, there is still much hope, peace, providence, and healing for this family.

This novel explores family, faith, tragedy, redemption, justice, consequences, love, and sacrifices.

Work Cited: Enger, Leif. Peace like a River. New York: Grove Press, 2001. Print.

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naaappiah
Apr 22, 2015

This is a stunning book. I don't think I have ever read a book this captivating and so well-written.
Beautiful prose, memorable quotes and very interesting plot. It is a brilliant book and it reads as if it was written outside the writer. I highly recommend this book. I will buy it for my personal library. Love it!

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GLNovak
Feb 18, 2015

I liked this book, but dreaded finishing because I thought something bad and sad was going to happen. I was partly right. The story is narrated by 11-year-old Reuben who suffers from asthma. His widower father cares for him, his 16-year-old brother Davy and 9-year-old sister Swede. This is not an ordinary family. Reuben has secretly observed his dad performing miracles while talking to God, and his sister is obsessed with the wild west hero gangsters like Butch Cassidy, Jesse James and the Younger boys. She is an excellent verse writer and has embarked on a long epic about hero Sundown and his nemesis Vargas, portions of which Reuben shares with us readers. The beautiful writing carried me along through chapter after chapter following the family's journey west trying to guess Davy's track after he killed two men and fled. Seeing all the action through Reuben's young understanding was refreshing and reminiscent for me of 'True Grit'. This whole tale brings up questions about right and wrong, the power of faith, the value of self-reliance, the strength of family, love,and loyalty - I guess all the good stuff. The story is set in the dead of winter in the Dakotas and the word pictures of the cold, the snow, the freezing temperatures made me put on a sweater.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

A beautifully written first novel. Story of a motherless family told by one of the three children. Set in Minnesota in the sixties, there are elements of the spiritual and the mystic, a poetry writing younger sister, an outlaw brother. A great read.

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truongjl
Oct 18, 2014

This is the most mesmerizing book I've read in years. The characters live with you between readings. Enger's style is so vivid that he captures all five senses in your imagination. The action seems so real and engaging you feel like you are living two lives, your own and the characters'.
Beg, borrow or steal this book.

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brintona_0
Jun 11, 2014

Just thinking about this book makes me smile. I can't wait to read it again. My favorite.

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kirkyevans
Aug 23, 2013

This is just such a stunning book in so many ways. I came across it quite by chance and what a delightful surprise. My chores suffered badly as it was almost impossible to put down.

kpetitte Aug 08, 2013

Outstanding. An all time favorite. A great story, beautifully written.

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maurajk
Aug 08, 2013

Kim Vara recommended July 2013

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