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At the Waterline : Stories from the Columbia River (Paperback) (Brian K. Friesen)

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One windy night on the Willamette River, a young man with romantic notions of a sailing life crashes his boat into a railroad bridge, nearly killing his wife. Divorced, ashamed, and haunted by the tragedy, Chad tries to leave the river and its memories behind, only to be drawn back years later. At a ramshackle marina north of Portland, he lives and works among a motley assortment of houseboat dwellers and liveaboards, each with their own story and their own reasons to distrust or embrace a newcomer who can’t quite commit to being one of them.

There’s Dory and Marge, one a dreamer, the other a purveyor of hot dogs and gossip, necessary glue for a community literally tied together in the current; there’s Barry, the Catholic priest who has lost his faith; Bernice and Bill, a perfect couple on the verge of fracturing; and there’s Jack, who has lived on the river his entire life—before speedboats, before electricity, and before shotguns went out of style as a way of settling disputes.

As the seasons bring changes to the river, Chad and this makeshift community change each other in unexpected ways, learning to love, to trust, and to heal.

Number of Pages: 258.0
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Author: Brian K. Friesen
Language: English
Street Date: May 1, 2017
TCIN: 51768164
UPC: 9781932010923
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-8353
$11.52
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