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Heron River [Paperback]

Hugh Cook

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Book Description

July 10 2012
Heron River probes the fierce bonds of family, the tragic consequences of human failure, and the persistent reverberations of history and memory. The story is set in a small Ontario town. Madeline Harbottle, a woman with a debilitating illness, seeks solace from the pain of the past and the challenges of the present. Her son Adam, damaged from a tragic childhood accident, finds security in his routine existence, until he falls prey to a cunning deception. Jacob Cunningham, a gifted thirteen-year-old boy, harbours a dark secret that he must confront in order to be whole. A young female police officer named Tara Burnaby tries to solve a string of break-ins following the murder of an elderly woman, and the previously staid small town reacts anxiously to the fact of a killer in their midst. Heron River explores human error and redemption, tragedy and triumph, and confronts the possibilities for human forgiveness and love amidst adversity.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press (July 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889629404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889629400
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #470,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These stories leave the reader howling on one page and dabbing tears on the next...Forging extraordinary Grace from ordinary life is Cook's specialty on Alfalfa's menu. -- - James C. Dekker, Christian Week, on Home In Alfalfa

Intense and unforgettable characters...and Cook's terse, elegant style, make Cracked Wheat one of the finest collections of the past years. -- -Alberto Manguel, Globe and Mail

A tremendous collection...It's a long time since I have read so many good stories at a single sitting. -- Alistair MacLeod, on Cracked Wheat and Other Stories

About the Author

Hugh Cook is the author of numerous novels and stories, including the Homecoming Man and the award-winning Home In Alfalfa. In 1997 The Word Guild of Canada awarded Cook the Leslie K. Tarr Award. Cook is emeritus professor of English at Redeemer University College. He and his wife reside in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying, Sad to have it end April 3 2014
By Katrina De Man - Published on Amazon.com
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Heron River is a lovely, stark, quietly-paced novel with genuine characters and a wonderfully woven story. The characters in this book face the reality of their pasts, feel it's present impact and step forward into a deliberate future. Mid-way into the story, I found myself fully immersed in wanting to know how each storyline would resolve while not wanting it to end. I cared for Cook's characters and, weeks later, find the odd awareness that I am thinking of them and that I would love to know what they are doing "now". An excellent addition to the Canadian lit section of your home library.

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