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  • Published: 7 March 2023
  • ISBN: 9780857529411
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

Go as a River




From the publishers of GREAT CIRCLE, a soaring, heartstopping debut novel of female resilience and becoming

When a moment changes everything, how do you live the rest of your life?

GO AS A RIVER is the powerful and emotional Sunday Times bestselling novel which you'll never forget.
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'A sweeping story of survival and becoming' Women's Prize for Fiction
'Spellbinding' The Times
'Beautiful' Daily Mail

1940s Colorado: Teenage Victoria Nash is the sole surviving woman in a family of troubled men. She spends her days running the household on her family's peach farm.

Wilson Moon is a young drifter with a mysterious past. Displaced from his tribal land, he wants to believe one place is just like another.

When Victoria and Wil meet on a street corner, their unexpected connection ignites both passion and danger, revelations and secrets.

After tragedy strikes, Victoria is propelled away from the only home she has ever known and towards a reckoning with loss, hope, and her own untapped strength. Gathering all the pieces of her small and extraordinary existence, she will arrive at a single rocky decision that will change her life for ever.

Go as a River is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story and a drama of enthralling power.
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What readers are saying:

'An incredible read. Emotional heartbreaking, but very 'real' Five stars *****
'Oh, how i loved this book. Going to be Christmas presents for all my family' Five stars *****
'After reading non-stop all night, i'm feeling very emotional, still' Five stars *****
'From the moment i started reading, i found it very hard to put down' Five stars *****

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  • Published: 7 March 2023
  • ISBN: 9780857529411
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Shelley Read

Shelley Read is a fifth generation Coloradoan who lives with her family in the Elk Mountains of the Western Slope. She was a Senior Lecturer at Western Colorado University for nearly three decades, where she taught writing, literature, environmental studies, and Honors, and was a founder of the Environment & Sustainability major and a support program for first-generation and at-risk students. GO AS A RIVER, her first novel, is inspired by the landscape she comes from and will be published in over twenty-five territories.

Praise for Go as a River

Shelley Read's lyrical voice is a force of nature and when she lends it to a woman leading a hardscrabble life in rural Colorado, the result is tragic, uplifting and completely unforgettable

BONNIE GARMUS, author of LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY

A lush, beautiful, strong book. It took me on a transformative life journey. I could not put it down

CLOVER STROUD

Completely spell-binding, vivid and luminous

JANE GREEN

Suffused with wisdom and compassion, this shattering testimony to one woman's life must be savoured, treasured and shared

MEG WAITE CLAYTON, author of THE POSTMISTRESS OF PARIS

A young woman broken by circumstances who must find a way to forgive before she can love. Torie Nash is a character for the ages as she navigates loss and despair on the road to redemption. Stunning.

ADRIANA TRIGLIANI

An extraordinary story of fate, determination and love. Gorgeous, and beautifully written, your heart will break for all Victoria has to lose and mend with all that she has to find. Tender and heart-breaking.

MARIANNE CRONIN, author of THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI AND MARGOT

Go As A River swept me away. It is gorgeously written. Longing, passion and heartbreak are all set down with such a beauty and restraint that I had to set the book down, amazed. Every page was a joy to read. Magnificent

SUE FLETCHER

The way in which the rivers flow, the land gives and takes back, and how these things shape Victoria's life and livelihood are beautiful. It is such a redemptive story, despite the heartache. We should all care for our peach trees with this much tenderness

ANNE YOUNGSON, author of MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM

A key title for 2023. This soaring, compassionate tale of female resilience is set against the breath-taking beauty of the natural world - its trees and mountains and light

INDEPENDENT

A compelling tale of love and a heroine fighting back. She had me racing to bed so I could read another chapter

PATRICK GALE

A beautiful, compassion-filled debut - a hymn to the cycles of the natural world and testament to the resilience of the human spirit

DAILY MAIL

To be so immersed in a setting is a privilege. A mesmerising coming-of-age story. Simply stunning

WOMAN & HOME

Echoes of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING. Luminous

WATERSTONES

Echoes of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING. Luminous

WATERSTONES

Beautiful, lyrical and vivid ... Shelley Read's beautifully drawn characters are brought to life against the backdrop of the Colorado mountains. Full of wisdom and strength ... this is a powerful love story with an unforgettable heroine at its heart

SUNDAY EXPRESS

Beautiful, lyrical and vivid ... Shelley Read's beautifully drawn characters are brought to life against the backdrop of the Colorado mountains. Full of wisdom and strength ... this is a powerful love story with an unforgettable heroine at its heart

SUNDAY EXPRESS

The outer landscape both delicately and unflinchingly traces the inner landscapes of Read's characters. This is a story full of heartbreak, yet also hope

THE I-PAPER

The outer landscape both delicately and unflinchingly traces the inner landscapes of Read's characters. This is a story full of heartbreak, yet also hope

THE I-PAPER

Tragedy, heartbreaking decisions and strength is found in this mesmerising coming-of-age story. The harsh but magical environment of Iola serves as her guide and you can almost taste the sweet peaches. Simply stunning

WOMAN'S WEEKLY

Tragedy, heartbreaking decisions and strength is found in this mesmerising coming-of-age story. The harsh but magical environment of Iola serves as her guide and you can almost taste the sweet peaches. Simply stunning

WOMAN'S WEEKLY

Heart-wrenching and mesmerising ... Combining unforgettable characters and a breath-taking natural setting, it is a sweeping story of survival and becoming

Women's Prize for Fiction

Heart-wrenching and mesmerising ... Combining unforgettable characters and a breath-taking natural setting, it is a sweeping story of survival and becoming

Women's Prize for Fiction

A lush tale of female resilience. Evokes the awe-inspiring beauty of the Colorado landscape with affection

SUNDAY TIMES

A lush tale of female resilience. Evokes the awe-inspiring beauty of the Colorado landscape with affection

SUNDAY TIMES

Spellbinding novel of finding home where you least expect it

THE TIMES

Spellbinding novel of finding home where you least expect it

THE TIMES

A powerful love story with an unforgettable heroine

DAILY EXPRESS

A powerful love story with an unforgettable heroine

DAILY EXPRESS

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