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DANIEL ARROYO has suffered a lifetime of guilt over the sudden death of his infant sister, who died when he was eight years old. He now lives his middle years between that guilt and worsening episodes of PTSD from a Vietnam he left thirty years ago. When a violent encounter on a dusty highway forces Daniel to face what haunts him, he finds himself pulled back to the ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published April 14th 2016 by Arbor Farm Press
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Vicki
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written book. The author writes in a way that is very soothing, even when writing about something that is very emotional. There was much more to this book than I originally thought there would be. I thought it would be mostly about his sister, but it was more a telling of his past. The book only takes a few hours to read but it’s packed full of many different stories, all very interesting. I loved this book and know it will stay with me for a very long time.
Vicki Carbone
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I took too long to finish this book. It languished on my bedside table, a victim of too many things to do and too little time in which to do them. That being said, I've already loaned it out to another reader and when it comes back, I will read it again. This book is very like a river: eddies everywhere, sometimes slow and then running more rapidly, bringing with it a variety of treasures, but always with that sweet water. The constant is, of course, the river itself. Those that ...more
Cheryl Rowland
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Won this as an ARC- thank you so much!!

A very eloquently written book with very likeable and believable characters. I thought the character of Daniel especially had much depth and many layers. He had suffered so much since his childhood, and blamed himself for his infant sister's death. Then he was sent to Viet Nam as a young adult, and after coming home, suffered from debillitating episodes of PTSD.
The Rio Grande was featured in the book and was like another character.
The theme was trying to
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Jessica Higgins
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Great use of prose throughout the book. Definitely a little unorthodox on the writing, but interesting all the same.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through TLC book tours for an honest and fair review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Daniel Arroyo questions many things throughout his life. Was the death of his baby sister his fault? Is the PTSD he suffers from Vietnam real or a figment of his imagination? Did he follow the correct course of his life by marrying his
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Sara Strand
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The writing is really so great that even though, for me, it starts off a little slow and feels a little choppy with the start of the story, I'm drawn in. Another thing that I didn't realize is that it is, but isn't, one story. The first section is basically a novella and the rest of the book are just pieces that go with the novella, if that makes any sense? It's really a unique way to pull it all together and I have to be honest and say it's the first time I've ever read anything like that.

But
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Julie Failla Earhart
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At the heart of the beautifully, beautifully written novel, set along the Rio Grande River in New Mexico, is the sandhill crane. When Daniel Arroyo is eight year old, his neighbor, Helen Sedillo, teaches him about the sandhill cranes: “They’re heading to their winter home, Daniel, The river is like their road, only it’s called a flyway….If you save a place in the sky between April and November, they’ll come back again in the springtime.”

From the time he is eight, Daniel is searching for that
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Jessyca Garcia
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I thought “Follow the River Home” by Corran Harrington was an interesting story. The book is divided into two parts. The first part of the book focuses on the life of Daniel Arroyo. Daniel lost his baby sister at a young age and never got over her death. This trauma thrown together with him having PTSD from Vietnam make his life difficult. It causes him to become distant from his family and to constantly live in the past. The second part is made up of short stories that explain Daniel’s ...more
Judith Hantl
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting story with alternate stories forming out of incidents during the main storyline. You had to pay close attention to all details, as they might become important later. It was a good story, but you had to carefully read it. The setting of the story was very like the atmosphere of the southwestern U.S.
This book was a giveaway prize.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

Follow the River Home by Corran Harrington is a touching, melancholic collection told in a poetic and lyrical manner. It is highly recommended. The first part of Follow the River Home is a novella, while the second part contains supporting short pieces. The setting is in New Mexico along the Rio Grande.

In the novella, we are introduced to Daniel Arroyo. Daniel has guilt, a lifetime of guilt. First he feels he is somehow responsible for the death of his baby sister, Carmen, when he was eight. We
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Deb
It is difficult to describe Follow the River Home well and do its beauty justice. It's a short 200-ish pages, but there is so much going on with shifting time frames and multiple perspectives from Daniel, as well as the people, and sometimes even objects that he comes into contact with--or that are in a degree of separation or two from him. Does that sound slightly strange and confusing? Yes, occasionally there are times that the book becomes a bit like a section of choppy rapids that spin you ...more
Danni
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Spectacularly written, but quite a bit different than what I had anticipated.

I had expected one fluid story, but Follow the River Home is actually two parts - Daniel's story to uncover the truth about his past which is then followed by supporting short stories that flow back in to the main story - just like the tributaries of a river. I actually found that I enjoyed the short stories more than the main story; they were contained worlds that were richly explored and wrapped up neatly in just a
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Sherrey
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.

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Gifted with a talent for writing, Corran Harrington takes the artist’s brush and using broad strokes of varying colors paints an exquisite picture of the life of one man, Daniel Arroyo.

Daniel’s life was not always beautiful. Now filled with memories of guilt as a boy when his baby sister dies, horrors from his service in the Vietnam War,
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Nancy
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved the first half, but when it changed voices and focus halfway through I got confused. Some of the stories tied in nicely to Daniel's but others seemed to meander. 3.5 stars.
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CORRAN HARRINGTON is the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Gold Winner for Best New Voice: Fiction (Independent Book Publishers Association - IBPA) for Follow the River Home. The book was also a 2016 Finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in categories for Fiction, First Book NM, and Cover. Harrington is also a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Bosque Fiction Contest finalist, and a New Millennium Writings ...more