From a major voice in Southern literature comes award-winning author Ron Rash's Saints at the River, a novel about a town divided by the aftermath of a tragic accident--and the woman caught in the middle.
When a twelve-year-old girl drowns in the Tamassee River and her body is trapped in a deep eddy, the people of the small South Carolina town that bears the river's name are thrown into the national spotlight. The girl's parents want to attempt a rescue of the body; environmentalists are convinced the rescue operation will cause permanent damage to the river and set a dangerous precedent. Torn between the two sides is Maggie Glenn, a twenty-eight-year-old newspaper photographer who grew up in the town and has been sent to document the incident. Since leaving home almost ten years ago, Maggie has done her best to avoid her father, but now, as the town's conflict opens old wounds, she finds herself revisiting the past she's fought so hard to leave behind. Meanwhile, the reporter who's accompanied her to cover the story turns out to have a painful past of his own, and one that might stand in the way of their romance.
- ISBN-13: 9780312424916
- ISBN-10: 0312424914
- Publisher: Picador USA
- Publish Date: July 2005
- Dimensions: 8.38 x 5.54 x 0.65 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.52 pounds
- Page Count: 256
Saints at the River
Set in a small town in South Carolina, Rash's engaging second novel tells the story of a family marked by tragedy and the unique battle they engage in to achieve closure. When the young daughter of an affluent banker drowns in the Tamassee River, her familyemploying its wealth and influencebegins a campaign to build a dam so that they can retrieve her body. But they're opposed by a group of local environmentalists, who will stop at nothing to protect the river. Keeping track of this conflict is a young photojournalist named Maggie Glenn, who comes to sympathize with both sides as she covers the dispute for a nearby newspaper. Maggie grew up in the town where events are unfolding, and she makes an appealing narrator, recounting her past and revisiting her troubled relationship with her fathera conflict that comes to a head during her visit. Maggie also finds herself increasingly attracted to writer Allen Hemphill, a Pulitzer Prize finalist who has joined her to document the family's story. But Allen is haunted by dark events from his own pasta tragedy that may prevent him from embarking on a new life with Maggie. Rash brings a winning authenticity to this distinctly Southern narrative.
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