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Towns Without Rivers

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Revisiting Trent, North Carolina -- the town so poignantly rendered in his acclaimed novel, Hello Down There -- Michael Parker picks up the story of Reka Speight, a woman determined to discover a wider world than the rural backwater of her youth.

Recently released from prison for a crime she did not commit, Reka returns home with one goal: to escape Trent for someplace unen
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 4th 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published 2001)
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Megan Jones
Mar 05, 2013 Megan Jones rated it liked it
This was a roller coaster of a read - not in regards to plot, but in my feelings for the book. It starts out as one of the most dry books I've ever read. Other reviewers raved about the characterization....what characterization exactly? It wasn't until I was almost finished with the book that I realized essential aspects of the two awkward protagonists. I think about halfway through the novel some essential questions started to be raised such as if one can truly "escape" home despite traveling a ...more
Colleen
Dec 16, 2009 Colleen rated it liked it
I started our really liking this book - interesting characters and histories - but became bewildered and a bit creeped out by the nature of Reka and Randall's relationship. It felt more like one of a lover than a sibling. I did finish it, which has been hard for me, as of late, so that is saying something.
Mark
Jul 02, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Katherine
Sep 05, 2007 Katherine rated it liked it
Michael Parker is one of the best readers ever. He has a voice that makes anything worth listening to. As for Towns without Rivers, I really like most of his stuff. I'm going to have to "review this" and then re-write it!
Sarah Honenberger
Feb 25, 2011 Sarah Honenberger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parker's characters are so expressive, so gritty that you feel how badly they need more from life. He writes from the heart about issues and emotions that we should all be thinking about more often.
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Feb 05, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it
This was quite an interesting story. While I enjoyed it, it was so different, and I can honestly say I am not sure how it really ended.
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