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Once Upon a River

A Novel

Bonnie Jo Campbell (Author)

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“A demonstration of outstanding skills on the river of American literature.” —Entertainment Weekly

"Bonnie Jo Campbell has built her new novel like a modern-day craftsman from the old timbers of our national myths about loners living off the land, rugged tales as perilous as they are alluring. Without sacrificing any of its originality, this story comes bearing the saw marks of classic American literature, the rough-hewn sister of The Leatherstocking Tales, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Walden.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34177-5
  • 5.6 × 8.2 in / 352 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“With all the fixings of a Johnny Cash song—love, loss, redemption—Campbell captures these Michiganders and their earthy, brutal paradise in tales rich with insight and well worth the trip.” — Elle

“Margo’s struggle to survive proves irresistible, like the tug of the Stark itself.” — The New Yorker

“Campbell has a ruthless and precise eye for the details of the physical world. . . . An excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom.” — Jane Smiley, New York Times Book Review

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