After River: A Novel by Donna Milner

By Donna Milner

Prior to River, every little thing used to be ideal. . . . growing to be up on a Canadian dairy farm under miles from the yank border, fifteen-year-old Natalie Ward understands little of the skin global. yet her loving, close-knit relations is the envy of old and young alike within the close by city of Atwood. Natalie adores her 3 brothers—especially Boyer, the eldest, whom she idolizes. yet every little thing alterations one scorching July afternoon in 1966 whilst a long-haired stranger appears to be like at their door—a soft-spoken American, a Vietnam battle resister, who will try out the family's morals and ideology, and set in movement catastrophic occasions that might shatter Natalie's relationships with these she such a lot dearly loves.

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Bus,’ I tell her. ‘It should arrive at the junction at nine tomorrow night. ’ The turnoff from the Trans-Canada Highway is thirty miles north of Atwood. The bus will only stop on that lonely piece of highway if someone is waiting for connecting passengers. ’ Jenny says. ’ ‘Good,’ I say then hesitate. ’ she asks. The doctor’s voice is gone now, replaced by the whine of a daughter’s hurt feelings. ‘We have lots of room in our new house, Mom. ’ ‘I know, and I will. I will. ’ I know. I know exactly where her new house is.

The semantics of 30 AFTER RIVER his job pull him back to the reality of the morning as he lifts the sliding luggage compartment doors and begins to throw bags into the belly of the bus. Behind me the bus doors fold open with a mechanical sigh. I put my arms around Vern for a final hug. He hangs on for a moment after I let go. A part of me wants to tell him I’ll call for him when the time comes. That I will cry on his shoulder, lean on his strong body. But we both know it wouldn’t be true. Besides, I tell myself, there’s no need for him to be there.

Well, it’s true Boyer is talking to Father Mackenzie about many things,’ she said. ’ She smiled and pulled me onto her lap.

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