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The River by Starlight

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Original Language: English (US) | 256 pp. | May 2018

2 Seas Represents: French, Dutch, and Nordic Rights

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A ten for voice and originality . . . some of the best dialogue I’ve read . . . a voice that held me spellbound and a story that kept me turning the page. — Elizabeth Lyon, author of Manuscript Makeover and six other writing books

A wonderful novel in so many ways―the writing, the rich characters, the ambitious undertaking . . . sentences that transport me; perfect polished jewels and many sharp, almost clattering, observations. I want to pick some of them up and stroke and hug them. And I loved it for its geography, as vivid as Ivan Doig’s The Whistling Season, and its circumstances, as beautifully elaborated as in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. — Judy Klein, Kleinworks Agency

There is nothing I didn’t love about this book. The language is exquisite, a mixture of steel and silk―the narrative voice uncannily powerful and sure, yet tender. The story will grow tendrils around your heart, squeezing it until you can barely breathe. It’s the story of one woman’s tragic and puzzling mental frailty, but more, it is a love story, and a heart-rending study of the forced redefining of family. Trenchant dialogue and lyrical prose reveal the very soul of the unforgettable characters in this book. Recommended to any reader with a heart. — Laurel Davis Huber, award-winning author of The Velveteen Daughter

Heart-wrenching yet hopeful, The River by Starlight is a compelling and beautifully written debut novel. — Ashley E. Sweeney, award-winning author of Eliza Waite

Moving away from unsettling pasts and thrown together by circumstance, Montana homesteaders Annie Rushton and Adam Fielding are bound by a potent chemistry they don’t recognize as love. Against a backdrop of economic boom and bust, catastrophic climate events and war, they marry hopefully and prosper but briefly, overtaken by personal and natural disaster dominated by Annie’s episodic post-partum psychosis. One will meet the challenge with unforgettable resilience. One will be broken by it.

Despite iron nerve and determination, Annie’s periods of depthless depression and violent episodes shatter her life and extract a terrible price. As the town she calls home turns against her, her allies and options are few, forcing her into the only treatment available: involuntary commitment to the State Hospital for the insane. From there, Annie begins her tenacious quest for control over her destiny as a woman, mother, and lover. A century-old story as relevant as ever to women today, The River by Starlight reaches across the years with a compelling message for our own time: that healing and reconciliation can emerge from devastating emotional and financial wreckage.

An internationally renowned author, Ellen Notbohm’s work has informed and delighted millions in more than twenty languages. In addition to her award-winning books on autism, her articles and columns on such diverse subjects as history, genealogy, baseball, writing and community affairs have appeared in major publications and captured audiences on every continent. A lifelong resident of Oregon, Ellen is an avid genealogist, knitter, beachcomber, and thrift store hound who has never knowingly walked by a used bookstore without going in and dropping coin. The River by Starlight is her first novel.