A major new Southern voice emerges in this novel about a town divided by the aftermath of a tragic accident-and the woman caught in the middle When a twelve-year-old girl drowns in the Tamassee River and her body is trapped in a deep eddy, the people of the small South Carolina town that bears the rivers name are thrown into the national spotlight. The girls parents want to attempt a rescue of the body; environmentalists are convinced the rescue operation will cause permanent damage to the river and set a dangerous precedent. Torn between the two sides is Maggie Glenn, a twenty-eight-year-old newspaper photographer who grew up in the town and has been sent to document the incident.
Since leaving home almost ten years ago, Maggie has done her best to avoid her father, but now, as the towns conflict opens old wounds, she finds herself revisiting the past shes fought so hard to leave behind. Meanwhile, the reporter whos accompanied her to cover the story turns out to have a painful past of his own, and one that might stand in the way of their romance. Drawing on the same lyrical prose and strong sense of place that distinguished his award-winning first novel, One Foot in Eden, Ron Rash has written a book about the deepest human themes the love of the land, the hold of the dead on the living, and the need to dive beneath the surface to arrive at a deeper truth.
Saints at the River confirms the arrival of one of todays most gifted storytellers.