The River King

The River King

Book - 2001
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Penguin Putnam
From the best-selling author of The DovekeepersThe River King confirms Alice Hoffman as "one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists" (Jane Smiley, USA Today).
People tend to stay in their place in the town of Haddan. The students at the prestigious prep school don't mix with locals; even within the school, hierarchy rules, as freshman and faculty members find out where they fit in and what is expected of them. But when a body is found in the river behind the school, a local policeman will walk into this enclosed world and upset it entirely. A story of surface appearances and the truths submerged below. 

Random House, Inc.
A story about a small town's surface appearance and the truths submerged below from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic.

People tend to stay in their place in the town of Haddan. The students at the prestigious prep school don't mix with locals; even within the school, hierarchy rules as freshman and faculty members find out where they fit in and what is expected from them. But there are minor collisions happening everywhere: An awkward boy, the son of a teacher, is flirting with a pretty classmate, the daughter of a convenience-store cashier. A photographer in plastic flip-flops and an overflowing backpack is about to marry a staid, ambitious historian. And when a body is found in the river behind the school, a local policeman named Abey Grey will walk into this enclosed world and upset it entirely...

Baker & Taylor
A town divided by class lines is thrown into turmoil by a mysterious death, which begins to unravel the lives of a fifteen-year-old girl, a young boy, and a women running from her own destiny. By the author of Local Girls. Reprint.

Baker
& Taylor

A town divided by class lines is thrown into turmoil by a mysterious death, which begins to unravel the lives of a fifteen-year-old girl, a young boy, and a woman running from her own destiny.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2001, c2000
Edition: Berkley trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780425179673
0425179672
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOFFMAN
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 21 cm

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CHARTMAN3 Mar 10, 2016

If you enjoy the lyrical writing and mystical connection to nature in Hoffman's books, I recommend The Poet's Secret by Kenneth Zak. He writes with the same beautiful prose and immerses the reader into his story's beautiful setting. His poetry at the beginning of each chapter is incredible, also.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 11, 2014

Once again the master of magical realism has written a lyrical, alluring and highly suspenseful novel. A private school in a small town in Massachusetts is the setting for a story of love, murder and the scent of roses so strong it makes young girls faint.

mberk Dec 01, 2011

Rated a NY Times Bestseller - reminds me that being a best seller doesn't guarantee quality writing. The narration would shift mid-paragraph as would tenses making it hard to follow in some places. The plot was OK, but predictable and sad from start to finish - great coverage of bullying though if you're a parent or teacher.

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Jul 07, 2011

Tense and riveting thriller.

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