Posted on: November 1, 2013 Posted by: vudfc Comments: 0

Even though we call it “fiction” and it isn’t “real”, there are times when a made-up story is more real than life. We become attached to the characters, moved by the prose, and even caught in the truth that is, in head and heart, more real and true than the most blatant non-fiction.

Peace Like a River is a book like this.


Leif Enger writes of family. It is a family lacking a maternal presence—reminiscent in some ways of Harper Lee’s beloved Finch household—but to say the family is “incomplete” would be a gross misjudgment.

Told from the vantage of young Rueben, the middle child wedged between the rugged Davy and whimsical Swede, this is the tale of hope, loss, adventure, and faith.

Led by the quiet, otherworldly father Jeremiah Land, this family embarks on a trip to the Badlands that will ultimately divide them for life, but unite them forever. The fetching landscape, brutal climate, and delicate, conversational prose make this page-turner the perfect chilly November read.

Embark with the Land family into an adventure that questions justice and truth, mission and miracles.


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