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The Voice of the River
by Melanie Rae Thon

Quality Paper
2011
Price: $15.50

E Book
Price: $9.99

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Missing:  seventeen-year-old Kai Dionne and his dog Talia.


The search for these two spans a single day, morning twilight to late evening, from the time Kai leaps in a half-frozen river to save the dog to the hour he and Talia are recovered. They could be anywhere, wet and wandering in the woods or trapped by ice under the surface.  Each person who comes to the river brings his or her secret needs and desires; each has known loss, and all are survivors: a childless mother grieves for her son and daughter; a starved boy seeks himself; and a man who shot his father recalls a tender, intimate night “when the father was kind, and not afraid, and not angry.”  Kai and Talia belong to, and are loved by, a whole community.  As strangers work together toward a single cause, they become family—bound by love not only to the ones lost, but to all who gather.


The Voice of the River is a beautifully written, deeply inclusive and profoundly spiritual work of art.  I am moved by its great generosity above all, and its wisdom. It is a gift like no other.”--Carole Maso  


“In this jewel of a book, Melanie Rae Thon has managed to transcend the boundaries of species and speech.  Not only has she given voice to the river, but she has given us fluency in the bittersweet language of a host of beings at once broken by disease, injury and loss, and exalted by nature, joy and love.”  --John Vaillant