Only the River

Only the River

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"Fleeing the ravages of wartime Vienna, Pepa and her family find safe harbor in the small town of El Castillo, on the banks of the San Juan River in Nicaragua. There her parents seek to eradicate Yellow Fever while Pepa falls under the spell of the jungle and the town's eccentric inhabitants. But Pepa's life - including her relationship with local boy Guillermo - comes to a halt when her family abruptly moves to New York, leaving the young girl disoriented and heartbroken. As the years pass, Pepa and Guillermo's lives diverge, as does the fate of Guillermo's homeland. Nicaragua soon becomes engulfed in revolutionary fervor as the Sandinista movement vies for the nation's soul. Guillermo's daughter transforms into an accidental revolutionary. Pepa's son defies his parents' wishes and joins the revolution in Nicaragua, only to disappear into the jungle. It will take decades before the fates of these two families converge again, revealing how love, grief, and passion are intertwined with a nation's destiny. Spanning generations and several wars, Only the River explores the way displacement both destroys two families and creates new ones, sparking a revolution that changes their lives in the most unexpected ways"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, Counterpoint Press,, 2020
Edition: First hardcover edition
Description: 292 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781640093348
Branch Call Number: Raef


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Sep 22, 2020

Not my kind of book! Too many characters living lives of despair in the jungles of Nicaragua. 2 doctors are refugees from Hitler, they leave their children to fend for themselves in the jungle town while they minister to Nicaraguans suffering from Yellow Fever. Finally end up in NYC where Pepa opens Spanish language book store.

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