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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,502 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bonnie Jo Campbell Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a rising star in contemporary fiction. Hailed by Booklist as a female Huckleberry Finn, Campbell's heroine is 16-year-old Margo Crane. Complicit in her father's death, Margo flees home for the Stark River. And as she follows the current, she learns the ways of the world from the eccentric characters she meets.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becca | 2/1/2014

    " This lovely story rolls along gently, though not always easily, like the river itself, as this "throwback" of a girl learns to make a way for herself in the 1970-80s, Michigan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby | 1/31/2014

    " Despite wanting to shake some sense into Margo -- wear sunscreen! quit shooting those damn deer! -- I ultimately liked that she defined her own lifestyle. I'm not convinced she was very bright, considering how long she could just stare at the river doing nothing, but maybe that's another form of intelligence? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Juliette | 1/21/2014

    " This is an interesting novel, sort of a combination of the film "Winter's Bone" and the book Cruddy, but less disturbing. There are some intense scenes in this book, but it's mainly a quiet book about a girl who lives on and in a river in Michigan. It is set in the late 1970's, and beautiful Margo Crane runs away in her inherited boat, The River Rose, after a family tragedy. Margo is an excellent shooter, and can swiftly kill, clean, and cook wild game. She is a river girl, and the different individuals she interacts with on the river can't seem to grasp her connection to the water and wildlife. I loved this line: "She would learn everything she could from people who were willing to share what they knew. She would use the tools she was given to make her own kind of life." Overall, this book is like sitting in the woods on a beautiful fall day-quiet, yet full of the sounds of animals, wind, and water. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elaine Hillenmeyer | 1/19/2014

    " It was a somewhat interesting read, but the plot seemed more like a disjointed list of events than a connected story. "

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About the Author
Author Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novel Once Upon a River. She was a 2009 National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for her collection of stories American Salvage, which won the Foreword Book of the Year award for short fiction. She is also author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals. She’s received the AWP Award for Short Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, and the Eudora Welty Prize, and she has been awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.