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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Martin Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“You have to know the rest of my story, the
part I can’t yet bring myself to say. A story
of a boy I knew a long time ago and a
brother I loved and then lost.”

Past and present collide in Lee Martin’s highly anticipated novel of a man, his brother, and the dark secret that both connects and divides them. Haunting and beautifully wrought, River of Heaven weaves a story of love and loss, confession and redemption, and the mystery buried with a boy named Dewey Finn.
On an April evening in 1955, Dewey died on the railroad tracks outside Mt. Gilead, Illinois, and the mystery of his death still confounds the people of this small town.

River of Heaven begins some fifty years later and centers on the story of Dewey’s boyhood friend Sam Brady, whose solitary adult life is much formed by what really went on in the days leading up to that evening at the tracks. It’s a story he’d do anything to keep from telling, but when his brother, Cal, returns to Mt. Gilead after decades of self-exile, it threatens to come to the surface.
A Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Bright Forever, Lee Martin masterfully conveys, with a voice that is at once distinct and lyrical, one man’s struggle to come to terms with the outcome of his life. Powerful and captivating, River of Heaven is about the high cost of living a lie, the chains that bind us to our past, and the obligations we have to those we love.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/9/2014

    " An intriguing story...I liked the way it was told and, being told by an old man, I thought it was told very well/believeable/true to that character's age. Whatever, I loved it. Not a topic I've ever read about. And lots of good intertwining w/characters and not how I thought it'd turn out. And I still liked it. It has a strong underyling message too...you are responsible for your actions, and you live with your decisions...and maybe forgiving oneself vs. wanting others forgiveness is what will bring peace. I'll try another by this author, who, by the way is a OSU prof. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 2/8/2014

    " Great little mystery. Character development done well. Travel from past to present and back seamless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Liz | 1/30/2014

    " Wow! This book taught me about Love, Loss, and Learning to forgive the past. It starts out sweet and kind of sad but ....Wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deborah Crowdy | 1/26/2014

    " This is both well written and a real page turner. The characters just walk off the page - they are so real - actually your next-door neighbors. Like "Loving Frank" this book has a SHOCKING ending - enough said! "

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