After River is an unputdownable read; not just a love story, but a poignant and deeply moving account of how war and conflict can devastate lives across generations. An astonishingly accomplished debut novel in the Anita Shreve, Anne Tyler territory
Growing up on a dairy farm in the mountains of British Columbia in the 1960s, three kilometres north of the American border, Natalie Ward knew little of the outside world. But she had her family. A family so close and loving that Natalie believed they were the envy of the nearby town of Wakefield - particularly her eldest brother Boyer, whom Natalie held especially close to her heart. But Natalie began to question her family's idyllic existence the summer she turned fifteen. The arrival of a soft-spoken stranger, an American draft-dodger called River, would test the morals and beliefs of the family and the community to breaking point. The series of events following that summer day would leave relationships shattered and the Ward family changed forever.
Donna Milner lives in British Columbia with her husband. After River is her first novel and she is now researching and writing her second.
After River by Donna Milner
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