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Peace Like a River

3 Ratings: 4.7
A book by Leif Enger

To the list of great American child narrators that includes Huck Finn and Scout Finch, let us now add Reuben "Rube" Land, the asthmatic 11-year-old boy at the center of Leif Enger's remarkable first novel,Peace Like a River. Rube recalls the events of … see full wiki

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Author: Leif Enger
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
2 reviews about Peace Like a River
review by . October 06, 2006
Magical. If you like fiction that transports you to another reality, you must read Peace Like a River.     If you love language and consider words art, you really must read Peace Like a River.      This will be one of those rare books that I read more than once.     It is beautiful, wounding, challenging and soul-marking.
review by . February 24, 2002
The narrator of this breathtaking, stand-out debut novel, Reuben Land, is unable to breathe at birth and is declared dead ten minutes before his father bursts in, takes him up and commands his lungs to work. Reuben, then, is sensitive to the miracles that serendipitously attend his father and nurses a sorrowful resentment that those wonders should be squandered on mending a torn saddle or healing a bad-tempered man when Reuben's lungs are still in need. A severe asthmatic, Reuben has never enjoyed …
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