The River We Remember
by: William Kent Krueger Hardcover
"Our lives and the lives of those we love merge to create a river whose current carries us forward from our beginning to our end. Because we are only one part of the whole, the river each of us remembers is different, and there are many versions of the stories we tell about our past."
On Memorial Day, 1958, as the people of Jewel, Minnesota, gather to remember and honor the sacrifice of so many sons in the wars of the past, the half-clothed body of wealthy landowner Jimmy Quinn is found floating in the Alabaster River. Investigation of his death falls to Sheriff Brody Dern, a highly decorated war hero who still carries the physical and emotional scars from his military service. Even before Dern has the results of the autopsy, vicious rumors begin to circulate that the killer must be Noah Bluestone, a Native American WWII veteran who has recently returned to Jewel with a Japenese wife. As suspicions and accusations mount and the town teeters on the edge of more violence. Dern stuggles not only to find the truth of Quinn's murder but also to put to rest the demons from his own past.
The River We Remember is both a spellbinding mystery and a masterful portrait of mid-century American life from an author of novels "as bighearted as they come" (Parade). An unflinching look at the wounds left by the wars we fight abroad and at home, and a moving exploration of the ways in which we seek to heal, it is a testament to the enduring power of the stoies we tell about the places we call home.
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