Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards

Alfred A Knopf
April 2010
293 pgs

Sixteen-year-old Celestia is a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where she meets and falls in love with Peter, a hired hand who lives in the valley below, and by the time of the torrential rains that lead to the disastrous Johnstown flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown. Includes an author's note and historical timeline.

1 comment:

  1. This novel-in-verse is well-written and fascinating. One reviewer called it similar to Titanic (the movie) and that makes sense--main character is a wealthy girl who falls in love with a boy who works at the summer resort she & family visit. Lots of different threads happening in the novel--love story, family drama, class issues, and the flood itself. Is it distinguished? Not sure...it's really good, but I'm not sure the writing sticks with me. And that's what I'm always looking for.