Literary Book Club June 2008 Selection:
Hailed as one of the year's top five novels by "Time, " and selected as one of the best books of the year by nearly all major newspapers, national bestseller "Peace Like a River" is now available in paperback. In "lyrical, openhearted prose" (Michael Glitz, "The New York Post"), Enger tells the story of 11-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles.
- ISBN-13: 9780802139252
- ISBN-10: 0802139256
- Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
- Publish Date: August 2002
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
- Page Count: 320
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
This national bestseller, set in 1960s Minnesota, follows the adventures of the unconventional Land family. Reuben, who narrates the story, is 11 when his older brother Davy kills three teenage intruders. Davy is jailed but soon escapes, leading Reuben, their brainy sister Swede and their good-hearted father Jeremiah on an unforgettable chase across the wilds of the Midwest. It's a remarkable journey marked by humor, loyalty and, in the end, redemption. Enger's lyrical language, spirited allusions to old-time outlaws and provocative biblical references (Mr. Land, according to Reuben, has the power to perform miracles) make this a wonderfully accomplished first novel. A reading group guide is available at www.groveatlantic.com.