Stony River

By Tricia Dower

New adult fiction, General fiction, Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


Stony River is a dramatic, compelling, character-driven story exploring spirituality, gender roles and sexual violence in the 1950s. At once comic and tragic, spiritual and profane, it challenges assumptions about right and wrong, sanity and madness, love and abuse. On a sweltering June afternoon, Linda Wise and Tereza Dobra witness a disturbing scene. A pale, pretty girl who looks about their age is taken from Crazy Haggerty’s house by two uniformed policemen. Everyone in Stony River thought Crazy Haggerty lived alone. The pale, pretty girl is about to enter an alien world, and as Tereza and Linda try to make sense of what they’ve seen, they’re unaware their own lives will soon be shattered as well. Here are absent mothers, controlling fathers, biblical injunctions, teenaged longing, and small-town pretense. The threat of violence is all around: angry fathers at home, dirty boys in the neighborhood, strange men in strange cars, one dead girl and another gone missing. The Globe and Mail said, “Reminiscent of Anne-Marie MacDonald’s The Way the Crow Flies…Stony River is a powerful coming-of-age novel which meticulously evokes time and place…Dower is a masterful storyteller to watch.” An engrossing novel about growing up, finding your voice, and forgiving your family, Stony River is a brilliant story from a remarkable new Canadian voice.


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Stony River is a dramatic, compelling, character-driven story exploring spirituality, gender roles and sexual violence in the 1950s. At once comic and tragic, spiritual and profane, it challenges assumptions about right and wrong, sanity and madness, love and abuse. On a sweltering June afternoon, Linda Wise and Tereza Dobra witness a disturbing scene. A pale, pretty girl who looks about their age is taken from Crazy Haggerty’s house by two uniformed policemen. Everyone in Stony River thought Crazy Haggerty lived alone. The pale, pretty girl is about to enter an alien world, and as Tereza and Linda try to make sense of what they’ve seen, they’re unaware their own lives will soon be shattered as well. Here are absent mothers, controlling fathers, biblical injunctions, teenaged longing, and ...


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TRICIA DOWER was a business executive before reinventing herself as a writer in 2002. Her debut novel Stony River (Penguin Canada, 2012) was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Her short-story collection, Silent Girl (Inanna, 2008), was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. She won first prize for fiction in The Malahat Review’s 2010 Open Season Awards. Her short fiction also has appeared in The New Quarterly, Room of One’s Own, Hemispheres, Cicada, NEO, Insolent Rudder and Big Muddy. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dower lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, BC. Author website: www.triciadower.com.


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TRICIA DOWER was a business executive before reinventing herself as a writer in 2002. Her debut novel Stony River (Penguin Canada, 2012) was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Her short-story collection, Silent Girl (Inanna, 2008), was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Sh...


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