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The River Witch by Kimberly Brock
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May 27, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

Brock’ debut novel is a tale of forgiveness and growth, ripe with originality: a story filled with alligators, hoodoo, pumpkins, and haunting choral music of the south, known as Sacred Harp. The characters– Roslyn, Damascus, Ivy, Urey – find fear and redemption in the waters that swirl in the Damascus River outside their doorsteps on Manny Island in the Sea Isles of Georgia. Ballerina Roslyn, after a series of poor decisions, a career-ending accident and a miscarriage, must forgive herself before she can truly move forward. A temporary move to the island and an enchanting little girl named Damascus are the catalysts for such self-reflection.

Brock’s novel has whetted my appetite to learn more about the Saltwater Geechee culture of Georgia mentioned in the novel, as well as the traditions of the Sacred Harp. The River Witch is a lovely introduction to the south, its mystery and its superstitions.
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