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Heron River: A Novel [Paperback]

Hugh Cook

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Jan. 2 2013
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 llness, 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, harbors 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.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press (Jan. 2 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889629404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889629400
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #513,762 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. 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
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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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