The story of a fourteen-year-old girl who travels back in time, and across continents, encountering her maternal forbears when they were her age. From the Australian Outback, where she meets a young Aboriginal man, to racist, rigidly segregated South Africa during World War II, to the midst of a pogrom in Lithuania, and then all the way back to the Babylon of biblical times, Emily has deep encounters with the histories that have mysteriously and yet powerfully shaped her own soul.
In the luminescent River, Shira Nayman brilliantly imagines a fourteen-year-old girl who is magically haunted and invigorated by the beautiful and brutal history of the world. Nayman takes the reader from contemporary Brooklyn to the Australian Outback to Biblical times, investigating what the history of a family truly means and how it endures. A breathtaking read.
Jennifer Gilmore, author of the YA novel If Only
This surprising and moving book tells a poignant coming of age story while magically sailing along down the long flow of generations through the centuries. We see everything as in a Chagall painting: dark, romantic, wild, familiar yet strange, tinged with tragedy, yet buoyant and filled with grace. Beautifully written and imagined, River brings us face to face with the real and powerful meaning of family history.
Amy Wilentz, author of Farewell, Fred Voodoo
River is a classic tale of longing?a quest story that takes its young heroine on a magical jo