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Once Upon A River
 
 
Author
Bonnie Jo Campbell.
Publisher Norton/QPB  
Format paperback, QPB
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9781617937576
Pages/Publication Date 348/2011
Daedalus Item Code 38125
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The author of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell here gives us an unforgettable heroine in 16-year-old Margo Crane, whose unflinching gaze and uncanny ability with a rifle have not made her life any easier. After the violent death of her father, Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother.

"Bonnie Jo Campbell has built her new novel like a modern-day craftsman from the old timbers of our national myths about loners living off the land, rugged tales as perilous as they are alluring. Without sacrificing any of its originality, this story comes bearing the saw marks of classic American literature, the rough-hewn sister of The Leatherstocking Tales, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Walden."—Washington Post

"American fiction waited a long time for Bonnie Jo Campbell to come along. A lot of us, not only women, were looking for a fictional heroine who would be deeply good, brave as a wolverine, never a crybaby, as able as Sacagawea, with a strong and unapologetic sexuality. We wanted to feel her roots in some ancient story, we wanted Diana the huntress, but not her virginity; we wanted a real human girl whom we could believe had been suckled by bears, or wolves. To give us heroines like this, the gods finally brought us Bonnie Jo Campbell, one of our most important and necessary writers, and Margo Crane—the central character of Once Upon A River, an outcast, feral beauty who can shoot like Annie Oakley—is her most poignant and mythic creation so far."—Jaimy Gordon

 
 
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