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The River Wife by Jonis Agee
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An actual line from this novel reads, "He pulled her down on top of him and surprised her with his ferocious lovemaking, the monster out of its cave once again." If that kind of writing isn't enough to deter you, perhaps the ludicrous melodrama will. Someone dies, is born, maimed or murdered on every page, except for ten extra-excruciating pages near the beginning of the book when Annie Lark lies trapped for five days under wooden beams during the New Madrid Shaking. (Yet, miraculously, she is still able to smell the scent of lavendar on her fur trapper rescuer when he arrives!) Agee has tried to write bodice-ripping romance, historical fiction, mystery, and literature with feminist themes, but falls short in all categories.
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Teresa What isn't mentioned is the fearsome endurance of the women in the book, choosing to survive in any way they know how. The women are strong and courageous, while the men squander their lives in greed. It isn't a story for the faint, it is gruesome in its reality - if you want fairy tales I don't suggest this book.


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