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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
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
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.
Katherine
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
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.
Trinette
Not a bad story, but the ending left a lot to be desired.
Catherine Altice
Totally immersed.
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MICHAEL PARKER is the author of five novels – Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, Virginia Lovers, If You Want Me To Stay, The Watery Part of the World and two collections of stories, The Geographical Cure and Don’t Make Me Stop Now. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals including Five Points, the Georgia Review, The Idaho Review, the Washington Post, the New York Times ...more
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