After River

After River

A Novel

Book - 2008
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It is the late 1960s and 15-year-old Natalie Ward believed her world was perfect: her family would always be together, living and working on their small dairy farm carved out in a mountain valley deep in the Cascades of British Columbia. Everything changes when River, a young American draft dodger becames the family's hired hand. Thirty-five years later, the family is still shattered in ways that no one could ever have foretold. And now, as her mother lies dying, Natalie must return to the home she has spent most of her life running from, as the family?s dark secrets and betrayals threaten to scar a new generation.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2008.
Edition: Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781554681662
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,24 cm.


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May 27, 2016

I found this book captivating from the first page. Knowing dairy farmers and living in BC made it especially relevant for me. A great read for anyone growing up in the sixties.

Apr 20, 2016

good look at family dynamics and the damaging aspects of misunderstandings and the pain caused by silences. there was foreshadowing of certain plot lines but enough unexpected twists to keep it interesting.

ontherideau Feb 19, 2015

A good choice for those who enjoyed Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 27, 2015

Set in a farming community in the Kootenays during the Vietnam era, a family takes in a draft dodger as a hired hand. With his appearance, serious cracks in the town's veneer are exposed, and family relationships are destroyed.

Jul 07, 2014

This was not my usual interest & I found it compelling, quickly finished. Being of an age to understand generational outlooks, what's done or not done; what's lived with as the choice made at an early age, only to be disappointed & unfulfilled, yet 'sticking with it' because one cannot leave the arrangement. I felt the story demonstrated how religion can destroy or build a life. Very believable situation for a young girl with little knowledge of the world, somewhat isolated life. I didn't expect several of the outcomes.

Jul 05, 2014

This book is especially interesting to someone who was a young person during the Vietnam war. A very good read. Relevant to the times and the coming of age of a young girl.

Jan 27, 2013

Captivating story - couldn't wait to get back to it but, at the same time, I didn't want it to end. I have already recommended it to several people.

Demarcation Apr 05, 2012

I could not put this book down! It is great if you like stories about families, relationships and the pain and sorrow of life

May 11, 2011

Beautifully written. Her vivid descriptions made me feel as though I was actually there.Milner has won many awards for this book and I couldn't wait to read her next book "The Promise of Rain". A totally different subject and it didn't disappoint.

Devashar Mar 21, 2010

Such a sad story of grief, regret, and most of all love. What Natalie Ward learns of these three emotions will be imprinted in the minds of readers for a long time.

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Apr 19, 2009

awake88 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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