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The River Wife

Heather Rose    
Availability: Out of print
Format: Hard Cover
Pages: 264
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The River Wife


A beautiful modern fable about the price we pay for love - a magical and truly original novel.


'This is the story of a river and the keeping of magic and the making of water and the nature of love. Some would say that any story of water is always a story of magic and other would say that any story of love was the same ... One day love laid down by the river. It slept in a blue patterned shirt and through the afternoon, though I watched, it did not stir but dreamed with the river and when it woke it saw me. Love was not the pattern of leaves and the texture of bark, it was not the underbelly of river or the way of fish, though all that was here was part of it and has gone on beyond it. Love was the passing of the sky across a face, it was the arc of conversation, the yearning to go on and never look back, the desire to be something other than I was ... I never thought to ask what belonging was, nor how I might be free of it, until I loved Wilson James.'

The River Wife is a simple and subtle fable of love. It tells the story of the river wife - part human, part fish - whose duty is to tend the river, but instead falls in love with a man. Tender and melancholy, it speaks of desire and love, mothers and daughters, kinship and care, duty and sacrifice, water and wisdom. There is a great sternness and sadness here, coupled with gentleness. A love story, a fable, a retelling of the Orpheus myth, The River Wife is grave, tender and otherworldly - a true original.

Heather Rose is Chairman and founder of Green Team Australia, partnered with Green Team USA in New York, specialists in advertising and community engagement on environmental and health issues. She is also a Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year and her business has won nineteen international creative awards since 1999. Heather is also the author of two novels - White Heart and The Butterfly Man. The Butterfly Man, which tells the story of the disappearance of Lord Lucan in 1974, was longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Awards, shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award in 2006 and won the 2006 Davitt Award for the Crime Fiction Novel of the Year.

ISBN: 9781741757422
Australian Pub.: January 2009
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Subject: Literary fiction
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Reader Review

The River Wife cannot be read hastily. It is a story to be tasted and returned to, and savoured slowly, like a fine wine. - Margaret Visciglio

This is a wonderful story of love, romance, passion and loss. It reminds me of the fairy tales I read as a child and the magic I found in them. This is the perfect book for a cold and wet day. It will leave you feeling warm and content. Try it, you will not be disappointed. - Merryl Donn

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