Once Upon A River

Once Upon A River

A Novel

Book - 2018
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On a dark midwinteŕђةs night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless. Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their sońђةs secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parsońђةshousekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot beeveryonéђةs. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girĺђةs identity can be known.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksAtria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780743298070
0743298071
Branch Call Number: FICTION SETTERFIELD 2018
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 24 cm

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Author of the Month: Diane Setterfield

December's author of the month released her debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, in 2006. A classic gothic novel set in a ruined mansion in the English countryside, Diane Setterfield's debut was reminiscent of the works of Brontë and du Maurier, and quickly became an overnight success, selling over 3 million copies in 38 countries.  This month, Setterfield releases her newest novel, Once… (more)


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CircMary Mar 13, 2019

Intriguing characters, lots of mystery, and the ever-present River Thames make this a must-read. I loved exploring all the ways the author incorporated her theme throughout the book.

The bestselling author of "The Thirteenth Tale" returns with an enchanting new novel about a mysterious girl found along the Thames who comes back to life. Fans of Setterfield's work will not be disappointed.


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CircMary Mar 13, 2019

Intriguing characters, lots of mystery, and the ever-present River Thames make this a must-read. I loved exploring all the ways the author incorporated her theme throughout the book.

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