The River Beyond the World: A Novel

Paperback | September 15, 1997

byJanet Peery

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Luisa Cantu is a girl from a Sierra Madre mountain village. After being impregnated in a fertility ritual of ancient ofigin, she leaves Mexico to work in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as a housemaid for Mrs. Eddie Hatch, a woman with a strong will and a narrow worldview. Their complex relationship-by turns mystical and pragmnatic, serious and comic-reveals the many ways human beings can wound one another, the nautre of love and sacrifice, and the possibility of forgiveness.

The River Beyond the World is a 1996 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

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Luisa leaves her mountain village in Mexico to work in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as a housemaid for Mrs. Eddie Hatch, a woman with a strong will and a narrow worldview. Their complex relationship--by turns mystical and pragmatic, serious and comic--reveals the many ways human beings can wound each other

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Luisa Cantu is a girl from a Sierra Madre mountain village. After being impregnated in a fertility ritual of ancient ofigin, she leaves Mexico to work in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as a housemaid for Mrs. Eddie Hatch, a woman with a strong will and a narrow worldview. Their complex relationship-by turns mystical and pragmnatic, ser...

Janet Peery is the author of the collection Alligator Dance, and her stories have been widely published. In addition to being a National Book Award Finalist, she has received an NEA Fellowship, the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Whiting Foundation Writer's Award, and her stories have been twice...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.2 × 6.08 × 0.82 inPublished:September 15, 1997Publisher:Picador

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ISBN - 13:9780312169862

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Luisa leaves her mountain village in Mexico to work in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as a housemaid for Mrs. Eddie Hatch, a woman with a strong will and a narrow worldview. Their complex relationship--by turns mystical and pragmatic, serious and comic--reveals the many ways human beings can wound each other

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"Lush . . . a beautiful novel, richly evocative of time and place, ambitious in scope, and flawlessly written." -Sharon Oard Warner, Dallas Morning News"Ms. Peery . . . ruminate[s] . . . on the mysteries of creation and loss, of forgiveness and love, of betrayal and what she calls the 'complex living heart of grace'." -Megan Harlan, The New York Times Book Review"A page-turner . . . speaks eloquently on themes of forgiveness, sexual awakening, deception ,redemption and transformation,, demonstrating that people can-and sometimes will-find remedy, solace, and a better way." -Steve Byrne, The Detroit News/Free Press"Begins in a visionary flush of language . . . Peery handles her narrative with grace and originality taht is consistently engaging . . . There is a clear river that runs through every human being's life, and The River Beyond the World . . . is about two interesting women who spend their lives trying to find it." -Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe