Born with no air in his lungs, it was only when Reuben Land's father, Jeremiah, picked him up and commanded him to breathe that Reuben's lungs filled. Reuben struggles with debilitating asthma from then on, making him a boy who knows firsthand that life is a gift, and also one who suspects that his father is touched by God and can overturn the laws of nature.
The quiet 1960's midwestern life of the Lands is upended when Reuben's brother Davy kills to marauders who have come to harm the family. The morning of his sentencing, Davy -- a hero to some, a cold-blooded murderer to others -- escapes from his cell, and the Lands set out in search of him. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and they cover territory far more extraordinary than even the Badlands where they search for Davy from their Airstream trailer.
Sprinkled with playful nods to Biblical tales, beloved classics such as Huckleberry Finn, the adventure stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, and the westerns of Zane Grey, Peace Like A River is at once a heroic quest, a tragedy, a love story, and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world....Continua
Having spent countless summers drenched from the fire plug, hanging out with friends on the front stoop until our parents called us in from their bedroom window and generally just running amok in a city that we all knew damn well could swallow us whole if it wanted to, I cannot remember a time ever wishing for endless fields and country living. In fact, if the class trip to the zoo proved anything, it was that we all agreed Black Beauty had a right to be pissed. Yet, with all my hoodrat pride (Represent yay-ee-yay-ee) I long for the world Enger describes.
Weaving effortlessly and with subtle beauty, Enger provides in the simplest words an infinite amount of emotion. Although at first glance this book appeared to be a bit too religious and far too much like a Louis L'Amour novel to keep my attention, I found myself enraptured by a tale about about faith, family, and the struggle to maintain hope when everything around you begs for rest....Continua
I loved this book. The prose read a little reminiscent of Harper Lee to me. The story of the Land family is very heartwarming. Even the unexpected ending is acceptable due to the rendering of Leif Enger. I will definitely look for more books from this author....Continua