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River People (River Women)

River People (River Women)

Current price: $18.95
Publication Date: February 1st, 2019
BQB Publishing

Staff Reviews

I was swept up by this story of desperation, raw vulnerability and resilience. How these two young girls managed to survive the harsh living conditions and abuse by the old preacher man is beyond understanding. I received an ARC from the author at a book show, and it sat on my TBR pile, where my nearly-80-year-old mother found it, read it, and told me what a compelling and great read it was for her! Though unspoken, I realized that she could relate to the experiences of the two girls and the themes. I had to read it so we could talk about it. I’m so glad I did! Terrific second novel!

— Cathy


River People is a powerful novel with unforgettable characters.

In Nebraska in the late 1890s, seventeen-year-old Effie and eleven-year-old Bridget must struggle to endure at a time when women and children have few rights and society looks upon domestic abuse as a private, family matter.

The story is told through the eyes of the girls as they learn to survive under grueling circumstances. River People is a novel of inspiration, love, loss, and renewal.

About the Author

Margaret Lukas taught writing for several years at the University of Nebraska. Her award-winning short story "The Yellow Bird" was made into a short film by Smiling Toad Productions in Canada and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Her work has been published in anthologies, magazines, and online. Her first novel, Farthest House, received a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship Award. She lives in Omaha with her husband.

Praise for River People (River Women)

For her previous novel - Farthest House: "Why I chose this book as my favorite book of 2016: 'It spans several generations of a family that has many secrets that are slowly and skillfully revealed. I could not put it down!" —Susan Colins, San Francisco Book Review